September 20, 2017

Honey cheddar beer bread w/ honey butter

September's Fantastical Food Fight theme is: HONEY! I was really excited when I saw this month's theme because we really love honey around this house. We've been avoiding it over the past year since it's not safe for babies to eat until one year of age, but now our twins are over that so I can incorporate honey into my food and cooking again. I was going to make a dessert, but then I was leaning toward something more savory and decided since we had chili on our meal plan menu this week that a beer bread with honey would be perfect. Also, honey butter because, yum! Beer bread is such a quick side dish to whip up during soup and chili season. You'll have a quick, easy, and hearty side dish. Use a light colored beer (I used a lager) that doesn't have a super strong flavor so you don't overpower the bread. I based my recipe off of this one because I was intrigued by the addition of melted butter into the baking pan which I don't usually do when I make beer bread. It turned out delicious! This recipe will make one loaf of bread.

Honey cheddar beer bread w/ honey butter
for the bread:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
1 bottle (12 oz.) beer
1 cup grated extra sharp white cheddar cheese

for the honey butter:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 tablespoons honey
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour about two tablespoons of the melted butter into a 9"x5" loaf pan. Brush around to coat the entire pan (there will be a lot in the bottom).

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the honey (if thick or at all crystalized, pop in the microwave for a few seconds so it is runny) and beer until almost combined. Add the cheese and stir until combined. Pour into the loaf pan. Brush the remaining melted butter on top.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, until golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for about 5 minutes then remove from the pan and slice to serve.

While the bread bakes, prepare the honey butter by stirring all the ingredients together until well-combined. Set aside (you will probably have leftover butter, which is delicious on biscuits, your morning toast, etc.).

What was I cooking one year ago?: (Un)stuffed banana pepper soup
Two years ago?: pumpkin oatmeal pancakes (for two)
Three years ago?: Buffalo chicken chili
Four?: Hungarian mushroom soup
Five?: Jalapeno cheddar beer bread (funny how that happens!)
Six: buckwheat pancakes
7?: spiced pickled grapes


  1. Now all I need is a bowl of steaming hot onion soup to go with this awesome beer bread for a GREAT lunch!

  2. I have not made beer bread in ages. This would be perfect with a big bowl of chili.

  3. Yum! I haven't made a beer bread in forever.

  4. sounds delicious! glad to know i wasn't alone in the happy over honey for 1 year olds thing! :)

  5. Out of all of the honey recipes this month, I think I can easily say that this one if my favorite...and it has everything to do with my love of carbs, cheese, beer, and honey!!! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

  6. This makes me want to make it right now. It sounds so good!

  7. Love this especially the honey butter all over it!

  8. When I was looking for honey inspiration, I came across honey butter recipes... It must be a delicious way to have those honey cheddar bread..

  9. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!! Yum!

  10. I seriously cannot wait to try this recipe. YUMMMMMM! Pinning so I can give it a go this weekend.

  11. Y.E.S. yes yes yes!! This looks impeccably good. Even though I don't really like beer, I LOVE beer in foods. It makes no sense whatsoever, but I'm not going to question it LOL. The only beer bread I have made is apple cheddar sage - which I loved - so I know I would love this one too!

  12. My boys would love this (and me too!!). YUM!! Pinned!

  13. That bread looks like a nice snack option, with all that cheddar in it... would love to try it replacing the beer with soda, maybe! And that honey butter is to die for, yum!

  14. This is one of my favorite types of bread. Bookmarking this recipe because it looks absolutely perfect in texture!!

  15. This is like a beer cheese soup in a bread. I love it!

  16. Oh my goodness! This looks so good! Anything with cheddar catches my attention!


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