Whether you just need a quick loaf of bread for that pot of soup tonight or are looking to put together some food gifts, this Herb Quick Bread fills both of those needs. This Savory Quick bread is flavored with herbs and cheese.
What is Quick Bread?
Quick Breads are bread loaves, muffins, biscuits, and the like that are leavened with chemical leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder instead of yeast. By using baking soda and baking powder, the need to work the yeast through kneading, resting, and rising is eliminated, hence the ‘quick’ nature of the baked goods.
A loaf of this Savory Quick Bread flavored with dill and cheddar cheese paired perfectly with a bowl of our Hearty Beef Soup this past week.
Beer? In my bread?
Since yeast is a major component in both bread and beer, when you add beer to your dough, the beer’s yeast content reacts with the baking powder and starches in the flour. This reaction causes the dough to rise and start to leaven; you’ll notice the dough bubble and foam…that’s the yeast working!
You can use any beer in your savory quick bread, even non-alcoholic beer. Just be mindful that a dark beer will result in a darker and nuttier bread. A light and fruity beer will bake a lighter bread.
While I am not a beer drinker, my husband does enjoy a beer from time to time. His beer of choice is Coors Light, so that is the beer I primarily use in my cooking and baking.
And not for nothing, I really don’t like the taste of beer…have never consumed a beer in my life! With that in mind, I don’t taste the beer in this quick bread; instead, I get more of that ‘yeasty’ bread taste.
A Jar of Savory Quick Bread Makes a Great Food Gift.
Once you bake this bread, you will see just how easy it is to make from scratch. That being said, you can easily mix the just dry ingredients (flour, salt, and powder), put them in a jar with a tag and give the gift of a quick loaf of herb bread. Subscribers to Nourish and Nestle can nab the sheet of tag in the Subscriber Benefits Library or click the button below to have the sheet of tags appear automagically in your inbox!
Adding the tag of directions makes this jar of bread mix a welcome food gift.
- 3 cups sifted, all-purpose flour (see notes for sifting suggestions)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons fresh or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried herbs (see notes for herb suggestions)
- 1 bottle of beer (can be non-alcoholic beer)
- 4 ounces shredded cheese (see notes for cheese suggestions)
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Grease, butter or spray 9" by 5" loaf pan.
- Mix sifted flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Add herbs to the flour mix
- Add a bottle of beer and shredded cheese and mix until just combined.
- Place batter in the prepared loaf pan and drizzle the butter over the top.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until a tester comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the bread.
What Herbs Are Good in Bread?
Our favorite herbs in this Herb Quick Bread are fresh chives and rosemary. But we also enjoy basil, dill, and caraway seed; bottom line, use your favorite herbs and spices! Remember, you need less of a dried herb as the flavor is more concentrated. In general, the rule of thumb I use is 4 tablespoons of fresh herbs or 1 1/2 tablespoons of dried herbs.
What about Cheese? What cheese should you use when making quick bread?
Grated hard and semi-hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Swiss, Gruyere, Asiago, Parmesan, and Provolone are all great in this savory quick bread. Bear in mind that the cheese will melt, so if you have big chunks of cheese, it will leave holes in your bread. I like to grate mine to avoid big holes…but that is a personal preference.
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