Passion for Pork

Beer and Bacon Cheese Bread

Beer and Bacon Cheese Bread

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  • 8 strips thick cut smoked bacon
  • 2 cups (500 mL) grated old cheddar
  • 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper
  • 1 bottle (12 fl oz/341 mL) of pale ale
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) liquid honey
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) melted butter


Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9 x 5 inch (22.5 x 12.5 cm) loaf pan. Set aside.
In large skillet, cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Transfer to paper-towel lined plate and let cool. Crumble all but one piece [to make about 1 scant cup (250 mL)].
In large bowl, whisk together cheese, flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne. Pour in beer and honey. Stir just until combined. Fold bacon into batter. Spread into prepared pan. Brush top with melted butter and push remaining strip of bacon into the top.

Bake until loaf is golden and a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center, about 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and turn out onto a rack to cool. Serve warm with your favourite stew or soup.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 60 Minutes
Total Time: 75 Minutes

Approximately 12 slices Servings

Tags: bacon | baking | beer | comfort food |