Easy Beer Bread: Savory Rosemary/Cheddar Variation

by Tammy Taylor

If you remember I was recently asked to bring a couple of savory breads for a family gathering we were attending.  I like to bake these things myself instead of buying them for both financial as well as environmental reasons, but c’mon I like my convenience factors too!  So I asked my Facebook Followers if they thought I could successfully flavor up regular ole quick-bakin’ beer bread and the general consensus was that they didn’t see why it wouldn’t work.  I decided I’d like to try both Pesto and Rosemary/Cheddar.  The Pesto was made with the last of my homemade basil pesto from the freezer as well as chunks of my homemade dehydrated Italian-seasoned tomato leather from last year’s tomato harvest.  That pesto bread turned out great, both soft & flavorful.  I shared the recipe and instructions for my Italian Pesto/Dried Tomato bread last week, but what about the Rosemary/Cheddar version?  Oh man, you’re *SO* gonna want to read this!

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

At first as I was bumbling around in the kitchen I was certain I’d bitten off more than I could chew, trying to bake up a double-batch of homemade brownies while also trying to fit in two savory bread recipes that I’d never made before.  But although for a short time my kitchen was a confirmed disaster area, it all turned out great and I was able to bring some delicious homemade contributions to the meal at our family gathering.

Both the Italian Pesto as well as the Rosemary/Cheddar needed to go into the oven at the same time so I needed to prepare & measure out as much as I could for each recipe before actually mixing up the ingredients so there wouldn’t be much lag time between placing the batter in the pans and actually putting both pans in the oven.  Since I already talked about the Pesto version last week, today I’ll share the procedure for the Rosemary version.

Before I got started mixing up the recipe I pulled my basic quick beer bread recipe & read over it.  I already knew in advance that I was attempting a pesto version but I also decided to try a loaf of  Rosemary/Cheddar Bread.  I mean, I have these big beautiful rosemary plants right outside my back door bursting with fragrant goodness so why not use them #amiright??  So I went outside & pulled a few stems of rosemary, minced them up finely and set it aside.   I mixed the dry ingredients & measured out the other ingredients so I could mix everything together quickly & get both varieties of bread into the oven at the same time.

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

I decided for my rosemary bread I’d use a sharp cheddar cheese along with my minced rosemary as I thought the sharpness of the cheese would offer a flavor punch to the bread without having to use too much.  So to the standard beer bread dry ingredients that I had pre-measured  I added a 12-oz bottle of beer and then stirred in about 3 Tablespoons of minced fresh rosemary and 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese.  I used a pastry brush to oil the 9×5 glass loaf pan with olive oil and then poured in the batter.  When the batter had been smoothed into the pan I brushed the top of the batter with a little more olive oil & added a light sprinkle of minced fresh rosemary & also a sprinkling of coarse salt.

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees, then placed the loaf pan into the oven and baked the bread for 45 minutes.  After that time I pulled the pan from the oven and poured about 4 Tablespoons of olive oil over the top surface of the bread and returned it to the oven for the final 10 minutes baking time.

When the bread was finished baking I removed the pan from the oven and placed it on a baker’s rack for a few minutes to begin cooling.  I slid a butter knife between the bread & the pan to loosen the bread to make it easier to remove.  I placed the still-hot bread on a baker’s rack & covered it with a clean towel to allow it to cool completely.

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

So how did it taste?  Aaaah-mazing!  Although we all loved the pesto bread and it was certainly more powerfully flavored, RancherMan & I loved the more subtle flavor of this Rosemary/Cheddar version the best.  The bread was dense but soft and the sharp cheddar married beautifully with the minced fresh rosemary.  Oh, and it was a completely different taste explosion when you cut it into slices and toast it.  Oh.  My.  Goodness!!  I’m certainly counting this recipe as a screaming success and it will be the easy go-to recipe when asked to bring something for a covered dish or gathering.

Here’s the recipe I used for this easy yet delicious Rosemary/Cheddar bread:

Basic Beer Bread

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

(Stir-In Options for Rosemary/Cheddar Bread)

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese  ( personally think I’ll bump this to a full cup next time)
3 Tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
4 Tablespoons olive oil (to brush on top)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees for glass pan.  Mix dry ingredients together, then slowly add beer & stir to combine.  Add the desired stir-in options for Rosemary/Cheddar bread & blend thoroughly.  Transfer batter into well-oiled 9×5 glass loaf pan, brush surface of batter with olive oil & sprinkle additional minced rosemary and coarse salt if desired.  Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes.  Remove pan from oven and pour 4 tablespoons of olive oil over 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 bread on baker’s rack.  Cover hot bread with a clean towel & allow to cool completely.

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27 thoughts on “Easy Beer Bread: Savory Rosemary/Cheddar Variation

  1. Katie

    Ok so let me get this straight – cheddar, beer, rosemary – I mean how bad could this really be?!?!?!?! Pinning this because it sounds AMAZING! Thanks for sharing at #HappinessIsHomemade this week!

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  2. Dee

    This sounds so good! We don’t usually have beer around, but I may have to buy some to try this! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      We almost always have some kind of beer – often after a family gathering my aunt will send home the unopened cans/bottles and I keep them in the pantry for beer bread. ~TMH~

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  3. Jennifer A

    Looks delicious, and I’ve always wanted to try making beer bread. Pinning for later! Thanks for sharing your posts on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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  4. Kathryn Grace

    Your recipe looks wonderful! I made beer bread for the first time in January and was delighted with how easy it is to make as well as how light, even though I made it with 100 percent stone ground whole wheat flour. Marvelous! I look forward to trying your cheddar rosemary version next time I purchase a bundle of fresh rosemary. No rosemary plants outside my city door, I’m afraid.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve been pleased at how easy Rosemary was to grow even when we lived in the city, even in a pot. Give it a try Kathryn! ~TMH~

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  5. Sherry Legan

    Sounds good. I want to try. Does my blog show up when I comment? Just wondering. I don’t get this whole google thing. I am at http://www.myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com Come over for a visit! We’re neighbors!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yessum, your blog is tied to your name since you ‘registered’ that way. I’ll be sure to check it out. (Howdy Neighbor!!) ~TMH~

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  6. lisa M

    This sounds soo good! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. We love for you to link up again this week! ~Lisa

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  7. Elaine

    My husband will love this!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you again on Thursday!! Pinned!

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  8. Erin Turner

    Great recipe! I just pinned it so I can make it! Love beer bread AND rosemary! Yum! Stopping by from the Homeacre Hop!

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  9. ColleenB.

    Your bread looks delicious. You posting this recipe reminds me of the type of different breads that I used to make years ago, including my Cheddar – Olive Bread I have only made Beer Bread once in my lifetime and as I recall we really didn’t care for it that much at the time, but like your idea of adding the cheese and rosemary to the dough. Thanks for sharing your recipe and bringing back a few memories.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Ummmm Colleen, I think I’d really like to add olives – maybe to the pesto bread. You’ve got my thinker goin’ this morning… ~TMR~

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      1. ColleenB.

        :} Use the small pimiento-stuffed olives; well drained and wiped dry with paper towel if you decide to use olives in your bread. When making your biscuits I had made a honey glaze to brush on top just as they came out of the oven……..Oh, how yummy they where. Honey Glaze 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup butter Place in small sauce pan and heat till butter melts. Brush on bread or biscuits as soon as they are removed from the oven.

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        1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

          Oh yeah Colleen, the honey glaze sounds delicious! I’m *SO* gonna do that next time! ~TMR~

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  10. Candy C.

    I LOVE making beer bread and have several variations. My favorite is Onion Caraway Rye. It’s so nice to be able to put fresh bread on the table in about an hour. Your Rosemary Cheddar variation sounds yummy. 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Exactly Candy – being able to put fresh bread on the table in an hour has lots of appeal, but I’ve never really played with variations before. I’ve gotten lots of fun savory suggestions from the comments section to try too! ~TMR~

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  11. Teresa

    Question, why the olive oil on top and then return to oven? Could you use dry Rosemary for close to the same results?

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      My typical beer bread recipe calls for the bread to be removed from the oven when 5 minutes baking time remain & pour melted butter on top – this makes the loaf very moist & keeps the crust nice & soft. But I felt olive oil would be more in line with the flavor I was trying to attain with the Rosemary & cheddar. I figure you can easily substitute dry rosemary for fresh with very close to the same results, but remember that dried herbs tend to have a more concentrated taste since the moisture has been removed so you might want to use just a smidge less (unless you really like the taste of Rosemary, like me!) ~TMR~

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  12. MM

    This really does sound wonderful! Lucky you to have a rosemary bush ready to get fresh rosemary off of – it will be a while here before we can do that! Your rosemary beer bread looks divine, and although I don’t keep alcohol in the house, it is tempting to buy just one can to make this delicious bread! Have a wonderful day 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I like to make beer bread because it’s a quick bread requiring no yeast or rising time. Although RancherMan drinks beer, his beer is typically high-end craft brews. The beer I made these loaves with were standard commercial varieties “donated” by my aunt who had purchased them for her guests and had these leftover. I was a very willing recipient and the rosemary/cheddar variety was absolutely delicious! ~TMR~

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