Cheddar and Chive Beer Bread

We had our families over for St. Patrick’s Day a few weeks ago. No, we’re not Irish – we just love a reason to get together.

We made two menus: the traditional corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread was one and a big pot of beef and Guinness stew along with this bread for the people who weren’t into the traditional dishes. This bread was a big hit and a great mix of sweet and savory. I’m sure it’ll make repeat appearances in our house whenever I have an extra bottle of Guinness hanging around.

After lunch, we  played a game of luck (Left-Center-Right), complete with lottery scratch-offs for prizes. I think the luckiest part of the day was getting to spend it with people we love.

CheddarChiveBeerBread

Cheddar and Chive Beer Bread
(slightly adapted from theKitchn)
Makes 1 loaf

2 3/4 C. sifted all purpose flour
3 T. granulated sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer (I used Guinness)
3/4 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/4 c. chopped chives
1/4 c. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and then line with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the beer and stir until the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Fold in the cheese and the chives.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan evenly. Pour the melted butter evenly over top of the dough. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

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