Cheddar and Herb Beer Bread

Cheddar and Herb Beer Bread // The Speckled Palate

Ever since we moved to Dallas, my taste buds have done some changing.

While I once was a wino who enjoyed sampling all kinds of vino, I’m all about beer now. All kinds of beer, not just my usual standbys, and should you swing by our home at any point during the week, you’d be delighted to learn we keep a variety of brews on hand. Granted, a lot of them are leftovers from our last party, especially since we always end up with the same amount of beer we started with because our friends bring their favorite beers, then leave some behind, soooo…

What’s a girl to do with all this beer?

(The answer to this question is not drink it all in a small amount of time.)

Cheddar and Herb Beer Bread // The Speckled Palate

The answer? Make beer bread, of course.

This recipe is similar to the first one I shared here, though it calls for different spices and cheese. Heck, you can even make it without the cheese, and you can use any beer you have on hand.

Here’s how you can make your own:

Cheddar and Herb Beer Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Author: Erin @ The Speckled Palate
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 18 oz. beer (your choice! whatever's in the fridge...)
  1. Heat the oven to 375°.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, Herbs de Provence, thyme, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder and cheddar cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Slowly stir in the beer and mix just until combined.
  4. Spread the batter in a greased 8-inch loaf pan.
  5. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from the pan, and cool 10 more minutes.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Cheddar and Herb Beer Bread // The Speckled Palate

Are you a beer person? A wine person? A mixed drink person? Or none of the above?

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  • Teresa @ Crafty WifeJanuary 15, 2014 - 9:56 am

    I am not a beer person at all, but I love cooking and baking with it! Your bread looks delicious, and it’s something I will definitely try making. Going to pin this!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 16, 2014 - 5:03 pm

      I love that you love cooking and baking with beer, even though you’re not a fan of drinking it! Let me know what you think of this bread when you make it!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggiesJanuary 15, 2014 - 11:19 am

    I’m a “pretty much whatever you put in front of me” kind of person 😉 I love making beer cheese, but have never actually made beer bread. I’m imagining dipping beer bread IN beer cheese. Heaven.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 16, 2014 - 5:04 pm

      Ha. If anything’s in front of me, the game changes. 😉

      Question: What is beer cheese, and how can I make it? And my neighbor suggested making beer cheese to go with the beer bread, so that’s gotta be a good idea!ReplyCancel

  • EileenJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    I’m an everything person, but beer is definitely near the top of the list! This bread sounds so easy and tasty–perfect for dinner with a bowl of hearty stew.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 16, 2014 - 5:05 pm

      Hooray for beer! And yes, this bread is super easy, tasty AND goes well with a hearty stew. It’s a go-to of ours for whenever we’re having soup for dinner. Great for dipping. Also, it makes great sandwiches…ReplyCancel

  • RachelJanuary 15, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    I am all of the above! lol. Thank you for sharing this recipe; it sound delicious!!!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 16, 2014 - 5:05 pm

      Ha! I love that you’re all of the above!ReplyCancel

  • laurasmessJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:36 am

    I love anything alcoholic… wait, that came out wrong! Rephrase: I am definitely discerning when it comes to the drink itself, but I definitely consume all categories (beer, wine, cocktails, spirits) at all times of the year. On a hot day, there’s nothing like a refreshing cold beer though, and like you, I love the adaptability that different beers have in cooking also. I’ve recently been into making beer tempura batter, it’s delicious! This loaf looks divine though, so dense and delicious. Yum! xxReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 16, 2014 - 5:22 pm

      Hahaha. Like you, I’m discerning when it comes to drinks, though I also consume all the categories mentioned… even if I drink more beer now than the others. Your recent post on cocktails made me want a specialty one.

      I completely agree with you, girl, and I’d love to learn more about your beer tempura batter. I could get behind that quite easily.ReplyCancel

  • AprylJanuary 16, 2014 - 10:40 pm

    Yummy! I love homemade bread! iReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 17, 2014 - 6:33 pm

      You and me both, Apryl! Please let me know if you give this a shot!ReplyCancel

  • MadisonJanuary 29, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Oh my! This looks AMAZING. I may have to try this out this weekend, possibly for the superbowl! I wonder how they would fair as muffins instead of an actual loaf of bread. Thanks for the recipe! Have you found any specific type of beer works better? Does the bread hold the taste of the specific beer you use?ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 29, 2014 - 10:01 am

      Madison, THANKS! Please let me know what you think of the bread!

      I am honestly unsure how this would fair as a muffin. If you give it a try, let me know how it turned out. And if not, it’s something easy you can make in a bread/brownie/baking pan. (I’ve made this in ALL different shapes, haha.) I haven’t found any specific type of beer works better. I just use whatever I have on hand, and while there is a beer/yeast/hoppy taste leftover in the bread, it’s not discernible between two different kinds of beer. I hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • sandraJune 21, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Please email me the recipe for your CHEDDAR AND HERB BEER BREAD. I tried to do it from this site but won’t let me. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

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