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Three Cheese Irish Beer Bread

Posted Mar 14 2011 11:30am

Happy Monday!

I have some great Irish recipes for you guys this week!

Let’s start with one of my favorites!

Three Cheese Irish Beer Bread
recipe adapted from  Brown Eyed Baker and Make It Naked

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup Dubliner cheese, shredded
3¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon white pepper
1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press
¾ cup sour cream
1¼ cup beer, I used Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale
1½ teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 egg

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
2. Grate all the cheeses, keeping them separated. From the measured piles of cheese, separate out  about ¼ cup of the sharp cheddar, ¼ cup of the white cheddar and ⅛ cup of the dubliner and reserve for topping the bread later.

3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining cheeses, the flour, baking powder, salt, mustard, peppers and garlic. Stir to coat the cheese in flour.

4. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream, beer, worcestershire sauce and egg. Pour into dry mixture.

5. Mix the dough just until combined. Scoop dough into prepared pan and push down to evenly spread the dough across the pan. Sprinkle with reserved cheese.

6. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes. Run a knife along the edges of the pan and let cool further. When the bottom of the pan can be touched, flip bread out and let cool completely on a wire rack. Makes 12 slices.

Nutrition Notes: This bread is a little high in calories and saturated fat. You can use reduced fat cheeses but they probably won’t melt as well as the full fat versions. Make the bread, indulge in a slice and give it away to your friends and family. They’ll enjoy it and, you’ll save on some of those calories and they’ll think you’re a gourmet baker!

Taste Test: The bread was so good! Make sure to serve warm or heat it up before you indulge in a slice – it makes such a big difference! You can sub the cheeses for whatever cheese you have on hand but make sure to grate the cheese yourself – it makes such a big difference in the flavor of the cheese!

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