Beer-Batter Cheese Bread with Smoked Gouda and Bacon
From Cook's Country
Quick breads, like our Beer-Batter Cheese Bread, can be on the table in less than an hour. The basic recipe is simple enough, yet our first attempts produced loaves that tasted sour, like stale beer, while others had negligible cheese flavor. And some attempts at this recipe were so greasy that we had to pass out extra napkins. We wanted a lighter loaf of cheese bread enhanced with the yeasty flavor of beer and a big hit of cheese—and it had to be quick and easy. Mild, domestic lagers provided a clean, subtle flavor without any sourness at all. Cutting back the butter from a full stick to half a stick made our Beer-Batter Cheese Bread with Smoked Gouda and Bacon recipe considerably lighter, while still producing a craggy crust.
Makes one 9-inch loaf
Insert the toothpick in a few spots when testing for doneness; it may hit a pocket of cheese, which resembles uncooked batter on the toothpick. Strongly flavored beers make the bread bitter, so mild American lagers like Budweiser work best here.
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