If you could only smell my kitchen right now! A fresh loaf of garlic parmesan beer bread just came out of the oven, and it is a new level of delicious. Homemade bread and melted butter can completely turn my day around… BONUS: I have homemade tomato basil soup to dip it in. Happiness! My braided bread recipe is a simple one, and this one somehow has it beat on level of difficulty. It’s almost as easy as it seems. Beer. Bread. Done. It bakes to be dense and thick for a hearty, cheesy addition to any meal. You can change up the flavor combos to match the dinner menu. Or eat bread for dinner. It has been done here before.
- 3 cups self-rising flour (cannot be all-purpose)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 (12 ounce) can beer (I used KBC Pumpkin Ale for a sweeter twist)
- 1/2 cup melted butter (1/4 cup works too)
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbs dried parsley flakes
- 1-1/2 tsp onion powder
*Sprinkle some parsley flakes and cheese on top, too!
If you only have all-purpose flour on hand and cannot wait to make a grocery store trip (I get it… it really is that good)… follow these slight adjustments + the seasonings of your choice.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 (12 ounce) can beer
- 1/2 cup melted butter
Total Servings: (1) 9×5 loaf
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Sift flour… If you are like me, you see this step and skip it. Don’t. Sifting prevents the flour from compacting resulting in what I call “brick bread”. No one wants to eat tough, hard bread.
- Add in sugar, seasoning, and grated cheese (+additional ingredients if using all-purpose flour)
- Add 12 oz. beer
- Stir until combined, but do not over store or beat. This is a no-no with any bread. Over-stirring also results in “brick bread”. Keep it light and fluffy.
- Coat the 9×5 loaf pan with butter and get it in the oven!
- Bake for 50 minutes.
- In the last 5-10 minutes pour melted butter over the top. This will give the top a crunchy texture. Finish baking the remaining 5-10 minutes.
- Let cool for about 10 minutes before slicing. Get the butter ready and enjoy!
If you are about to try this recipe, (which you should) I am so jealous that in about an hour you will be indulging in the buttery, cheesy goodness. It is smile-worthy stuff!