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Cheddar Jalapeno Beer Bread

I have a confession to make. I have a huge magazine addiction. Food mags, fashion mags, even trashy gossip mags, I love them all. One of my favorites is The Food Network Magazine. Every issue they have a secret ingredient contest and one of the more recent contests was ...drum roll please...... "BEER"

I ended up submitting two recipes, one for an "Apple Cheddar Beer Soup" which I will save for another time, and one for a " Cheddar Jalapeno Beer Bread"

Cheddar Jalapeno Beer Bread

3 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and finely minced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
12 oz. lager style beer *Important- make sure beer is room temperature*
1/4 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 375*F. Sift dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Mix in cheese, jalapeno and green onion. Slowly stir in olive oil and beer, stirring just until combined. Do not over mix! Spread in a greased 8 inch loaf pan (Mixture will be very thick) Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 10 min. Carefully remove from pan and let cool on rack another 10 min.

Tags: Beer, Bread, Cheddar

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