Sunday, January 7, 2007

Football Bread

That isn't what it's really called but, given that it's made with beer and given that I made it while the football games were on, the title seemed appropriate.

Actually, it's just called "Beer & Cheese bread" and it's ridiculously simple to make. As usual, I put it through the bread machine on the dough cycle, then baked it in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. It came out as a lovely golden loaf and I'm quite pleased with it.

First you heat 10 ounces of beer, 8 ounces of cubed or shredded cheese and 1 tablespoon butter. The cheese doesn't have to be melted and you don't want the beer so hot it kills the yeast. I let it heat until the cheese was soft and the butter was almost melted, figuring the flour dumped on top of it would have it cool enough by the time the yeast was mixed in.

Pour that mixture in your bread machine pan and add 3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 package yeast.

That's all there is to it. I was also going to toss in one finely minced jalapeno but forgot. Oh well. Next time. Also, the flavor would be even better with sharp cheddar but I just had the regular. I would imagine you could use just about any cheese you wanted to.

By the way, have you noticed the search function up above, on the left-hand side? Very handy. You can use it to track down this recipe at a later date, should you feel like it.

I was astonished to discover I'd actually aced the football picks this weekend, although Dallas gave me a nail-biting moment before they finally blew their chances. Next week, the Divisional playoffs will not be nearly as easy to pick. Maybe I'd better make some more of this ol' football bread. Could be I've stumbled onto a lucky charm sort of thang, you think?

Okay. Right. I agree. Making the bread will not cause my picks to be gold. But, by golly, the bread will be gold and could even soak up tears of anguish, if necessary. Which may well BE necessary if I remember the minced jalapeno.


Georgette said...

Ah, but brandishing product loyalty, since I work at Qualcom, the Chargers will win. Bread time with sharp cheese coming up.

Dee said...

Ah haw haw! Looky here -- I have an Inside Woman on the job! We will cast our bread upon the waters and cheer the Chargers all the way. Thanks, gurlfriend. (grinning)