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Sage & Cheddar Beer Bread

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By now, it's no secret that I am addicted to bread.  You know what else I'm addicted to? Sage.  Yup.  It's a new addiction.  Thyme was always my favorite herb...for years...but this year sage grabbed ahold of me and just kept holding on.  You could substitute whatever fresh herb tends to hang out at your place in place of the sage...or switch out the cheese for another...you could use dried herbs in a lesser proportion, as well.  Guess what...it's even great without anything other than the dry ingredients and the beer.  It seems far too simple a process to turn out something so divine, but it does. 

Sage & Cheddar Beer Bread
adapted from Farmgirl Fare

2 1/2 c. unbleached ap flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 Tbs.sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. baking powder

2 1/2 Tbs. fresh Sage, chopped
1 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
12 oz. beer, at room temp.

1 egg
2 Tbs. water

Heat oven to 375° F. Combine flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, sage, and cheddar in large bowl. Slowly stir in beer and mix just until combined. Batter will be thick. Spread in a greased loaf pan.  Beat the egg and water together and brush gently over top of loaf.  Bake until golden, ~45 mins.

Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pan and cool it directly on rack until ready to serve... either warm or at room temp.  
I'm planning on making up beer batter mix gifts to give out for the holidays this year...and I'm so excited!!  Along with the liqueurs I have planned...my holiday shopping is looking good.  Well, minus the kiddos.  They'd be pissed if they got beer bread mix and liqueur.  Pissed. HA! Get it? Pissed That's a Britishy term for drunk, right?
Okay, the bread won't get them pissed...unless of course they drink the beer and ditch the mix.  Mental note...don't give children alcoholic beverages as gifts.  Wine coolers don't count.  Kidding.  Garsh.  Wine coolers DO count. ;-)
This is great toasted and slathered with butter, too.  I loved it warm and spread with some homemade jalapeño butter.
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47 comments

  1. Beer mixes would make wonderful holiday gifts! Your bread looks fantastic! I think sage is pretty darn great too! ;)

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  2. Un pan muy sabroso, con queso cheddar esto tiene que quedar muy interesante y sabroso. Saludos

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  3. I am going through a sage kick right now too! It is funny how I go through phases on craving a particular herb. Your bread looks fantastic; wish I could try a bite.

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  4. Ellerinize sağlık. Çok iştah açıcı ve leziz görünüyor.

    Saygılar.

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  5. Sage became one of my favorite herbs after I realized how well it complimented pumpkin cream sauces for pasta. That sealed the deal.

    This bread sounds fantastic! Beer breads are always just so tasty!

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  6. This looks amazing! I have just recently started experimenting with recipes which include beer and I'm addicted. I have found the perfect beer batter pizza dough. I love it.

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  7. That looks incredible! I want some for breakfast!

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  8. Bread looks great..very well baked.Loving the last pic..tempting:)!

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  9. This bread sounds so delicious, and jalapeno butter, oh my. I will be saving this recipe; I have sage growing in my garden and I think this is the recipe it has been waiting for.

    -Brenda

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  10. Looks terrific! The combination of sage and cheddar is fabulous!

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  11. Oh my gosh, Heather, that's an amazing loaf of deliciousness.

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  12. Beer bread mix is a great idea for holiday gifts. I can't imagine anyone not being thrilled to receive it. I love it with a big bowl of soup or a salad.

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  13. This bread sounds so good with the addition of sage and just wonderful with jalapeno butter!

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  14. Awe... Love this sage and beer bread. I should make this soon

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  15. These quick loaves are exactly what I am looking for these days Heather.The bonus is it is packed with flavour!

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  16. I do not think I have ever had beer in bread. The idea is very interesting and it is something I am definitely going to try. Your photos are superb.

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  17. Yum, I love this bread! And my sage is huge this year, I desperately need to find uses for it.
    Thanks!

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  18. Your christmas list is darn lucky, is all I am saying. and yea, I doubt the kids want liquor for Christmas - unless they are older and teenager-ish, then yup, they would love liquor but probably shouldn't be on their list - but you can give me theirs. K.
    another awesome link for Two for Tuesday from an AMAZING Hostess!

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  19. Beer in anything is good (and on it's own of course) but in bread? That's just ridiculous! YUM!!! Your recipes are always full of such awesomeness!

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  20. Oh yes! I am making this bread this afternoon! My husband will love it!

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  21. I love bread with cheese, great combo!!

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  22. Holy crap lady, that sounds deeeelish!

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  23. YUM! we enjoy bread mixes with beers -- it adds such a great flavor.

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  24. As cooler weather comes, I cook with sage more and more. Love the fresh vegetables sprinkled with thyme and basil - but when it's time to cook - bring on the sage. I love the idea of having it in a bread - I am imagining the heavenly aroma as it cooks. A little beer in bread never hurt a kid.

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  25. what a beautiful creation!Worth trying as there is no riot of ingredients- I simply love your unique space!

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  26. OH my GAWD, why do i EVER visit your blog when I am hungry? I dont have TIME to bake that bread right now--good thing i have some sourdough around that i can spread some sage butter on and try and be satisfied! I was gonna call you a bad name you got me so hungry! ;) Thanks as always for hosting and posting on the blog hop. I am totally making this next week when I am home from boston. Hugs! Alex@amoderatelife

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  27. Dang, this is like the bread my mom made when I was little, but I never had it all spiffed up with goodies. I bet it's killer toasted!

    We're in the same boat, btw, I just planted sage for fall, and it's already sneaking into everything I cook.

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  28. I am addicted to bread me too... And I love cheese! So, the match of two of my favorite ingredients, it's just fabulous. This bread it's for me!

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  29. Luv the sage idea! And who doesn't look forward to a warm slice of bread! I need to give this a try!

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  30. Wow, this looks awesome! I love bread too and I'm a big fan of sage! If I ate bread as much as I wanted to, I'd be as big as a house! Great recipe, thanks!

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  31. Oh my! I love beer bread! This recipe looks wonderful! :) I also like the idea of spreading on jalapeno butter..that sounds yummy!

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  32. Beer works wonders for bread! Love this sage and cheese combo. You're way ahead of me on the Christmas gift ideas...beer bread mixes are a great idea!

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  33. Oh YEA. You are sooo speaking my language with this bread! I grew up in Wisconsin so cheese and beer are absolute staples. And no, the kids didn't drink the beer (at least not when anyone was looking!) either.

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  34. I used sage with some pasta last weekend, I simply cannot get enough of that smell!

    I have never had beer in bread but I do love the cheese and sage. Your pictures make it look very tempting.

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  35. What a great flavor combination, thanks (btw this would make great melba toast crackers)

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  36. Okay....I'm loving the idea of baking with beer! I really need to get on board with that:) And, I'm with you in regards to sage. It's so fragrant and has wonderful flavor. Jalapeno butter........I could put that on everything!!

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  37. OMG..that looks like one happy bread :)
    I m a big fan of cheese in breads.
    First time here and must say you have a really nice blog!

    http:sinfullyspicy.wordpress.com

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  38. Mmm...homemade beer bread with homemade butter. It looks sooo good. Now I just need to get some beer the next time I go out to the store. Do you use any particular kind? I'm not a beer drinker so I have no clue on types/brands. Love the idea of packing the mix up for holiday gifts.

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  39. Tanvi...THANK YOU very much =)

    Penny...absolutely any type will work. I usually use dark beers, because that's what I prefer to drink, but lighter ales work just as well...each will add its own flavor profile! =)

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  40. You are SO cracking me up with this post! Great bread. You're killing with that melting Jalapeno butter. Mmmmm. Have mercy!

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  41. I've got a huge weakness for breads Heather and you made this one with cheddar AND beer!! Dang it girl....Love your pics, I've gotta learn how to make great ones like yours...

    Jason

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  42. Beautiful bread-I love the pairing of the sage and cheddar. Yum!

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  43. I love it! Love fresh bread and all the better that this is a quick bread. Wow cheddar, sage and beer! Wonderful!

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  44. An excellent bread, not just because I like beer and have a ton of sage:)

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  45. the bread looks dense and moist, just the way I like them!

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