Saturday, November 29, 2008

Basic Beer-Cheese Bread

Almost as good as the Tastefully Simple beer bread!

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
13.5 oz. flour (about 3 cups)
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. (4oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (12oz) bottle lager-style beer
cooking spray
2 Tbsp. melted butter, divided

1) Preheat oven to 375.
2) Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper and garlic; cook 1 minute.
3) Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add onion mixture, cheese, and beer to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
4) Spoon batter into a 9x5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. melted butter over batter. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Drizzle remaining 1 Tbsp. butter over batter. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until deep golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

From Cooking Light, November 2008.

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