Thursday, October 7, 2010

Multi-grain Beer Bread with Caramelized Onions, Apple and Cheddar

A while back, I gave you a recipe for a basic beer bread. Well, today I took that recipe and played around a little bit.

WOW! This one is going to knock your socks off! Yes, it is THAT good!

I substituted some mixed whole grain cereal for some of the flour. I  slowly caramelized some onion and apple for some sweetness, and I sprinkled some cheese and whole grains on top to give it that little extra  texture and depth of flavour.



Multi-grain Beer Bread with Caramelized Onions, Apple and Cheddar

2 cups flour
1 cup uncooked, mixed whole grain hot cereal ( The one I used is called Morning Glory and contains rolled oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, barley and rye flakes) reserve about 1 Tbsp for topping
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 large onion, julienned
1 cooking apple, cored and peeled, and diced in 1/4 inch cubes
 1 or 2 finely minced jalapeno, optional
1 cup finely grated extra sharp cheddar ( reserve a little for the top of the bread)
one can of room temperature beer
1/4 cup olive oil

Caramelized Onion and Apple:

Heat a bit of olive oil over medium- low heat. Add onion and apple. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.Cover. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir often. Sprinkle with a small amount of water from time to time to keep from getting too dark. Mixture should be very soft and golden brown. Put aside.

Preheat oven to 375*F Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add cheese, onion-apple mixture and jalapeno, if using. Stir until cheese and onion mixture are evenly coated with flour mixture. Add beer and olive oil, stir until just combined. Spread into a greased 8 inch loaf pan. Smooth the top. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and about 1 Tbsp of whole grain cereal. Bake on middle rack of oven for about 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes, remove from pan and let cool a further 10 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

If you have any leftover bread,  it is amazing toasted.