Beer and Bacon Cheese Bread – (Driftwood Pale Ale – Driftwood Brewing)

Beer and Bacon Cheese Bread

If this is your recipe please let me know so I can give you recognition!  I was given this recipe with no explanation of where it came from.
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The ingredients you will need.
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I made two loaves of bread so I doubled the following list.

8 Strips of thick cut smoked bacon
2 (500ml) cups grated old cheddar (I used medium cheddar as per taste)
3 cups (750ml) all-purpose flour
4 tsp (20ml) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1ml) salt
1 12 oz (341ml) bottle of pale ale (I used Driftwood Pale Ale – Driftwood Brewing)
3 tbsp (45ml) liquid honey
2 tbsp (30ml) melted butter

Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).  Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.  Set aside.
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In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Transfer to paper towel lined plate and let cool.
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In large bowl, whisk together cheese, flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
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Pour in beer and honey to the mixture.  Stir just until mixture combined.
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Crumble all but one piece of bacon and place into bowl ( to make about 1 cup (250ml).
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Add bacon to the mixture.  Fold bacon into the batter mixing bacon into batter consistently.
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Spread prepared batter into prepared bread pans.  Brush top with melted butter and push remaining strip of bacon in the top.
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Bake until loaf is golden and a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center, about 60 minutes.
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Take out of oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer onto a rack to cool.
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I baked this bread just a little to long but it did not affect the flavour one bit and some of the people thought it would not have been as good baked less time.  Be careful when decideing on your pale ale as the hops profile will really shine through.  The Driftwood Pale Ale is a fairly hopy pale ale and as such this bread had a hopy flavour.  I made this bread for a beer tasting I was hosting and it was a big hit with some butter.

I would like to thank my girlfriend for helping me bake this bread as I was also running around trying to get ready for my Barleywine tasting the same night!

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4 comments on “Beer and Bacon Cheese Bread – (Driftwood Pale Ale – Driftwood Brewing)

  1. beermebc says:

    This looks absolutely amazing!!! I will have to give it a try

  2. Beer, bacon, cheese, all in the same place at once! My life is complete.

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