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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Game Night Bread (Jalapeno & Cheddar Beer Bread)

On "game night", there are only a few things that take priority over the game, obviously shown on the best technology available in T.V.s today. Of course these things are; the food and the beer, in whichever order of importance you'd prefer. Of course, when we think of "game night" food, we think greasy, cheesy, spicy foods, preferably something you can order by phone and through away the packaging after.
This recipe will not only deliver on the cheesy and spicy aspect of the food, can be very easily made before your guests arrive. This is without any doubt, the easiest and simplest recipe for bread that I know. The secret? Beer! Although there are many "Beer Bread" recipes out there and some more complex then others, this is a simple version and uses baking powder to rise. Let's get right to it.

Here are the few ingredients to put together this recipe.
Combine in a large bowl;
- 3 Cups All purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp Salt
Prepare on the side;
- 1 Cup Marble Cheese, grated
- 2-3 jalapeƱo peppers, depending on how hot you want it, finely chopped.
- 1/2 Cup of basil leaves, finely sliced (this will add another dimension to the taste, can be omitted)
Now, to get the dough going, pour in the 355ml of beer, right into the flour mixture;

You will get a thick dough, which I finishes mixing by hand to get a better and more even texture. As i was lightly kneading the dough, I incorporated all the fixings and incorporating them in. If, at this point,  you think the dough is too dry, you may add a couple drops of water until it all comes together. Then press into a buttered/floured, 8-inch loaf pan and bake in a 375F oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in teh center, comes out clean.

Wait for the loaf to cool, and it should slide right out of the mold. Now, for a few ideas on how to use this bread for game night. This bread would be very very good with a big bowl of chili, or even simply served with a fresh salsa. Either way, this bread will bring something spicy to the table and fill you up so you can enjoy the best things in life; watching the game, with your beer in hand. 

Eat well, sleep well and till next time!


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