I’ve cooked many times with wine! So many different dishes are great with the addition wine and you get to pour a glass for yourself while making dinner so hey…I’m all over that!! In fact, I think it’s mandatory! But hey, I don’t want to exclude all the many kinds of beer. In fact I find it quite tasty as well! So it’s time I finally joined the world of cooking with more beer too! I decided to try a simple, easy Slow Cooker Cheddar Ale Bread and it was so fun that my mind is now spinning will all the beer cooking possibilities. Watch out for the smoke!
I hadn’t attempted bread in the crockpot thus far (shocking I know!) and this was a great place to start. The ingredient list is simple and doesn’t require kneading, rising, or any of that other busy work business of bread making. And no turning on the oven! Just put it in your crock and go off and get stuff done…no worries. This will be just fine! It takes anywhere from 2 – 4 hours depending on the size and shape of your crock and if you forget and leave it for an extra 20 minutes there are no worries. Your oven will not be on fire. Not saying that’s ever happened to me….
Speaking of what kind of crock you should use…well that’s up to you. I used a large oval 6 quart so my bread was spread out more and not as tall. I think that’s why it cooked a little on the faster side. I think it was right at 2.5 hours. If you use a smaller crock it might take a little longer since your loaf will be thicker.
This is delicious served along side your (BBQ maybe?) as an appetizer with lots of butter and honey. So easy that if you like beer you certainly have to try it! What is your favorite kind of beer? What would you use when you make this?
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons dill
- 1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 12 oz pale ale or another favorite ale
- ¼ cup water
- In mixing bowl stir together dry ingredients
- Add honey and water and slowly add beer while stirring
- Continue stirring until well mixed
- Spray crock well with nonstick spray (or line with parchment paper)
- Poor batter into crock and spread evenly
- Brush with melted butter
- Cook on high for 2 - 4 hours