I’m not a baker. I’ve said this a few times, I think. But when I came across Miss…in the Kitchen’s Colby-Jack Beer Bread recipe, I knew I just had to give it a try. I had a leftover can of Guinness from making my Irish Guinness Beef Stew and plenty of cheddar, so I thought, “Why not??”
I had to make some substitutions based on the ones provided, as I did not have self-rising flour. And I didn’t use Colby-Jack cheese. I also found that the recipe, as-is, turned out a bit dry, so I added more liquid. I know that humidity levels and elevation can affect how a dough turns out, so I took a chance.
I will warn that if you try this recipe, start with the measurements from Miss…in the Kitchen’s site first. Then make adjustments as necessary. With my lack of baking skill, I don’t recommend starting from scratch based on my recipe, but you could use it as a secondary source to the original if you find it’s too dry.
With that said, here’s what I did…
- 3 Cups all-purpose flour
- 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/8 tsp salt
- 1/3 Cup sugar
- 2 Cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 Cup butter, melted
- 2 Cups Guinness (1 can or 16 oz)
- 1/4 Cup water (added as needed by tablespoon measurements)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cheese. Stir together with a wooden spoon.
- Add butter and beer and stir until just combined. This is where I found it to be a bit dry even after the additional beer, so I began to knead the dough a bit, adding water by tablespoons. It still ends up quite crumbly.
- Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray, then add the dough to the loaf pan.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool. Slice and serve with butter while warm.
Note: I took mine out at the 55 minute mark. It was still a tiny bit uncooked right in the centre of the bread. I don’t mind it this way, but would recommend the full hour in the oven based on this experience.
I was pleasantly surprised by the sweetness in this bread and enjoyed it for breakfast a few mornings in a row.