Easy Beer Bread: Savory Pesto-Flavored Variation

by Tammy Taylor

Recently we were planning a family gathering.  My siblings & I gather often with our families for a little R&R so this is not an unusual occurrence for us.  When planning the food for the group each of us brings certain elements of the meals.   it was requested that I bring several different items but one such item was to bring bread of some sort (pesto bread was the recommendation).   Of course I could just buy the bread but I always prefer for both financial as well as environmental reasons to make these things myself whenever possible.  I like the ease & convenience of beer bread plus I’d like to use ingredients that I already have on hand so I’m wondering… why can’t I pull out the last of my homemade basil pesto that I have stored in the freezer, thaw it, add some of my dried tomato leather & swirl it through the batter of plain beer bread to accomplish this feat with less bread-baking time in the kitchen?  Hummmm…

I love the ease & convenience of beer bread, but I wondered if I could make a Savory Pesto Version? As it turns out yes I can! Check it out #TaylorMadeHomestead

Since there are several items I’ll be baking today for our family gathering, I’ll certainly be multi-tasking since each recipe has to be timed perfectly. I’ll be making a couple of different varieties of savory breads that I’ve never made before and also a double-batch of my rich chocolaty homemade brownies plus my favorite no-cook chocolate frosting for the brownies – so  I need to time not only the actual mixing up of the recipes but also the timing of which item goes first for me to begin preparing the next to take its place in the oven when it’s done.  Plus while it’s all coming together I’ll also need to take photos of the bread prep along the way so I’ll have them to include in this blog post.   WHEW! I’m feeling a little bit like a power-baking Wonder Woman right now…  Ready?? Set?? GO! LOL

So first I pull my basic quick beer bread recipe  & read over it.  I decided to make one loaf of Pesto-Flavored Bread & one loaf of Rosemary/Cheddar-Flavored Bread, but for today’s post I’ll focus on the Pesto Bread.   So I sat to work figuring out how to wing this recipe.  Hey winging a recipe should be my Wonder Woman Super Power, I seem to do it all the time (although not always successfully…  LOL)  First I pulled out all of the ingredients I’d need for my bread & measured them out.  I mixed up the dry ingredients & kept the other pre-measured ingredients handy so I could add & mix quickly.

I love the ease & convenience of beer bread, but I wondered if I could make a Savory Pesto Version? As it turns out yes I can! Check it out #TaylorMadeHomestead

I decided since the pesto bread would be Italian flavored I’d like to use a softer cheese for it, how about mozzarella?  Oh yeah baby, that’s the ticket!  Let’s see how this all comes together.  The thawed pesto looked a bit wet to me so I strained the excess oil into a coffee mug.  Once that excess oil had been strained away it’s time for me to start mixing up my pesto bread. Take a deep breath, here we go!

I love the ease & convenience of beer bread, but I wondered if I could make a Savory Pesto Version? As it turns out yes I can! Check it out #TaylorMadeHomestead

To the pre-measured & mixed dry ingredients I add the bottle of beer and set to adding my pesto add-ins:  I stirred in about 1/3 cup of thawed/drained pesto & 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, as well as about 1/3 cup of dried chopped tomato leather that I had dehydrated from my garden last year and a tablespoon of dry Italian seasoning.  I mixed it all together and poured it into a 9×5 loaf pan that I’d already oiled using some of that highly-flavored drained pesto oil.  When I poured the batter in the pan I also brushed some of that pesto oil onto the top of the batter.  Ummmm…  smells wonderful!

I love the ease & convenience of beer bread, but I wondered if I could make a Savory Pesto Version? As it turns out yes I can! Check it out #TaylorMadeHomestead

I slide the pan into my oven that’s been preheated to 350 degrees and bake the bread for about 45 minutes.  Then I pull the pan from the oven and pour on top of the bread about 4 Tablespoons of the remaining fragrant pesto oil.  It sizzles as it runs toward the edges of the pan and it smells amazing!  I return the loaf to the oven for the final 10 minutes baking time.

When the bread is baked I remove the pan from the oven and place it on a baker’s rack for a few minutes to allow it to begin cooling.  Since there’s cheese in this bread it tends to cook to the side of the pan so I slide a butter knife between the bread & the pan to loosen it and turn the pan upside down to allow the release of the bread.  Then I place the still-hot bread on my baker’s rack & cover it with a towel and allow it to cool completely.  When I sliced it up, the smell of pesto was heavenly.  The bread was hefty, moist & soft and you could see plenty of tomato in the bread too.  And the taste??  DELICIOUS!

I love the ease & convenience of beer bread, but I wondered if I could make a Savory Pesto Version? As it turns out yes I can! Check it out #TaylorMadeHomestead

Here’s the recipe I used for this quick & easy yet delicious pesto-flavored bread:

Basic Beer Bread 

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt,
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz. beer (1 1/2 cup)

(Optional Stir-In Options for Pesto Bread)

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup basil pesto
1 T dry Italian-flavored herbs
1/3 c dried tomato leather
4 Tablespoons reserved pesto or olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 (350 degrees for glass pan.)  Mix dry ingredients together, then slowly add beer & stir to combine.  Add the desired stir-in options for Pesto Bread & blend thoroughly.  Transfer batter into well-oiled 9×5 glass loaf pan and bake on middle rack for 45 minutes.  Remove pan from oven and pour 4 tablespoons of reserved pesto oil (or olive oil) onto the surface of the loaf & return it to the oven for the final 10 minutes baking time.  When baking is complete, remove the pan from the oven, carefully remove bread from pan and place on baker’s rack.  Cover the hot bread with a clean towel & allow to cool completely.

~TMH~

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32 thoughts on “Easy Beer Bread: Savory Pesto-Flavored Variation

  1. Shirley Wood

    Thank you for sharing your yummy bread recipe with us at Merry Monday. My hubby and I made a rum cake several years ago and had to go to the liquor store to buy the rum. We laughed so hard at ourselves hoping no one we knew would see us there…of course if that happened, it would mean they were there too. LoL

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      LOL Shirley. We’ve been caught in the beer/liquor store on numerous occasions but like you said – they w3ere there too. 🙂 ~TMH~

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  2. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    I love pesto and dried tomatoes so I’ll bet this tastes amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

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  3. Lindsey

    Oh my GOSH!!! My mouth is watering just reading the ingredients. I love beer bread, and this variation sounds AMAZING! Pinning and tweeting <3

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Awesome – thanks for the pin Lindsey. Beer bread is so versatile, we love it too. ~TMH~

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  4. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    I’m often asked to bring some of my beer bread to family gatherings, too. This would be a yummy variation!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’d never really thought about flavor variations for beer bread before, Jamie, but now my mind’s been spinning on fun options! ~TMH~

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  5. Joanne T Ferguson

    I LOVE the flavor combination in this bread! Thank you for your weekly support! Thanks for sharing at the Say G’day Party! Pinned all and look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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  6. Elaine

    My husband would love this!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! I Pin everything to My 2 Favorite Things Pinterest Board!

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  7. simple nature decor

    Thanks for linking this unique and healthy recipe at Dream Create and Inspire! I love beer! 🙂 Hugs Maria

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  8. Carlee

    What a fun variation on beer bread. I had never thought to make such a big variation on the flavor. It sounds amazing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve made a couple of different variations Carlee – the rosemary/cheddar was pretty amazing as well… ~TMR~

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  9. Terri Presser

    Looks absolutely fantastic and extremely yummy. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  10. Nina

    This bread looks absolutely yummy! We love homemade bread so we’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Hope to connect with you again this week. Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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  17. Angie

    This delicious post is being featured on my blog today as part of Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2015/04/time-to-link-up-tuesdays-with-twist-106.html Thanks & have a great day! Angie

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  19. ColleenB.

    Oh Yum. That looks absolutely wonderful and I’m sure it tasted as good as it looks. It’s fun and interesting trying out new recipes; especially for family members first. I like to see their reaction on their faces. :} If a person doesn’t have your kind of fried tomato leather; can it be bought in the grocery store?

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree Colleen. You typed “fried” but I’m sure you meant “dried” tomato leather. To be honest I’d never heard of tomato leather before I gave it a try last year. Oh, and I love it! But I assume in its place you could maybe use chopped sundried tomatoes? Hummm… ~TMR~

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