Intro: Beer Bread With Cheddar, Spinach and Thyme
Have you ever wanted to get drunk at a Red Lobster? Don't. Instead recreate their cheesy bread while enjoying beer in the safety of your own home. You also don't need any extra yeast so that's a plus.
Step 1: Ingredient Role Call
What you need:
3 cups of flower
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt (I used garlic salt)
1 bottle of beer (open another one just in case you want to add a little to the dough)
1 cup of cheddar crumbs
1 cup of chopped spinach
1 tablespoon of thyme
1/4 cup melted butter
Large mixing bowl
Bread pan 9x5x3
Step 2: Get Mixing
Combine all of the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl and stir. Melt your 1/4 cup of butter and pour that into the mixing bowl too.
I had a 10 oz. block of cheddar and a bag of spinach that needed to be cut. I cut cracker sized wedges of the cheese and crumbled 1 cup's worth it into the measuring cup.
I also minced 1 cup of the spinach leaves.
Add that to the mixing bowl and get mixing.
Once everything looks pretty uniform pour in your beer slowly. Once you've emptied your bottle mix it in but not too much, you want the batter to be imperfect looking and not fully smooth but without a lot of dry powder. I added a little more beer to make sure I was able to accommodate the rest of the mixture.
Step 3: Get Ready to Bake
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease the entire pan with the remaining butter and then transfer your batter into the pan.
Place the pan in the oven (not the broiler) and let it bake for 40-45 minutes. You may want to let it go a little longer to ensure the beer is evaporated and the bread consistency is to your liking.
Slice it up and enjoy!