Ontario Pork’s blog just reached 100 posts, and is still going strong! I say we celebrate with some beer. Below you will find my favourite recipe that includes not only beer, but bacon and cheese as well. Beer Bacon and Cheese… Can it get any better than this? Remember to apply the “one for me- one for you” principle to this recipe. A bottle for the dish, a bottle for you!
Beer and Bacon Cheese Bread
Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices)
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
8 strips thick cut smoked Ontario 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 12 fl oz (341 mL) bottle 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.