The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.
Yay! Another month, another Daring Bakers Challenge! This month's challenge was fairly open-it just needed to be some form of quick bread (no yeast). So-muffins, popovers, quick breads, they were all fair game. A few recipes that we could use were provided for us-and when I saw Cheddar, Asiago, and Scallion Beer Bread my jaw dropped. I love all of those! At least...I thought I did. A couple things did not go as planned. First of all-for this recipe-I bought my first bottle of beer. And I didn't even get carded (DO I LOOK OLD?!). I bought Guinness....which might have been my first mistake. Guinness has a very....beer...taste to it...which isn't exactly my favorite. Mistake #2? The day I decided to make this bread, in the midst of the process...I realized I had to open the bottle. I did not have any sort of bottle cap opener, and Michael was at work! The result left me fairly injured:
|I'll be darned if I don't have a bandage somewhere on me, at all times.|
Lesson to all of you: think ahead on that, or you'll scrape up your hand trying to open the bottle. In the end, I did triumph over the beer and got it open. The third mistake I made? I baked a double batch.
NEVER bake a double batch of a recipe you haven't tried yet, unless you're like 100% sure you're going to love it.
For the most part, everything came along beautifully. I did need to severely reduce baking time, however, as I found my bread baked much quicker than the recipe called for. So, keep an eye on that. I did alter the recipe to reflect the time my bread needed. Also, once I realized how similar these are to the Cheddar Biscuits I make, I realized they could benefit from garlic butter brushed on top of them, so that is altered below as well.
Cheddar, Asiago, and Scallion Beer Bread
Adapted from Lisa of The Daring Kitchen who adapted it from Recipe Girl’s Cheddar Chive Beer Batter Bread
Makes one 9” x 5” (23 x 13 cm) loaf
- ½ tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
- ½ cup (240 ml) (100 gm/3½ oz) sliced green (spring) onion
- 3 cups (720 ml) (420 gm/15 oz) all-purpose (plain) flour
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) (45 gm/1½ oz) granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) (10 gm) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
- 1 cup (240 ml) (115 gm/4 oz) grated sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup (120 ml) (2 oz) grated Asiago cheese
- One (12 fl oz/355 ml) (about 1½ cups) bottle beer (such as amber ale)
- 3 tbsp. butter, melted and divided
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- Preheat oven to moderately hot 375°F/190°C/gas mark 5. Spray 9”×5″ (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add green onion and sauté 3-4 minutes or until tender. Cool to room temperature.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture.
|That's "a well"|
It's pretty bread, I will give it that.