Beer Bread with Cheese and Rosemary Herb

by Irvin on June 2, 2014 · 10 comments

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This quick and easy beer bread recipe uses fresh rosemary, grated cheese and semolina flour, creating a dinner party worthy dish in less than an hour!

Beer Bread with Cheese and Rosemary. Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

My sister once went shopping trying to find a gift for me. Each item she picked she pondered “tacky or Irvin” as she deliberated on what to buy me. It true that I have a habit of walking the border between good taste and bad taste but trust me when I tell you that this quick bread recipe I made with beer is better than it sounds. If I were to call it a beer bread recipe, it would probably do it injustice but the fact that I can make this bread in less than an hour and have in on the table with people raving about how great it is, is testament that the name itself shouldn’t have you shunning it. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Beer Bread Recipe with Rosemary and Cheese. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I do understand the lack of appeal in the naming of the recipe itself. The name “beer bread” is oddly reminiscent of recipes like tomato soup cake and pudding cookies. Quick and easy shortcut recipes using pantry items that yield…some what dubious end products. But the beer in the recipe is purposeful in nature. The yeastiness of the beer really makes sense in bread form. Think of the bread more as an Irish Soda bread, but with an almost yeasted kneaded bread scent to it. Are you sold yet?

How to make beer bread. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Of course, the classic beer batter bread (which, I believe originated in Texas, or at least that’s where I found my original version of the recipe) is super easy and pretty basic. I elevated it a bit, well, as much as you can elevate beer bread, by adding semolina flour and fresh rosemary and some cheese. It’s a quick bread that I make for dinner parties and occasionally even finds itself on my holiday dining room table. Tacky or Irvin? Who cares, it’s might tasty and that’s all that matters.

A better beer bread. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

If you like this beer bread recipe, try these other recipes from around the web that use beer!
Leite’s Culinaria’s Beer Braised Chicken and Root Vegetables
The Slow Roasted Italian’s Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup
Closet Cooking’s Beer Mac and Cheese
Food Republic’s Beer and Brown Sugar Ribeye Steak
101 Cookbook’s Berry Beer Baked Beans

And while you’re at it, check out my Irish Drunken Cake, which combines Guinness with chocolate for a super moist super rich cake!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I love beer bread so much – it’s so easy!


Millie l Add A Little June 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Beer bread!!! Yeahhh!!! This looks so delicious!!


Becca from ItsYummi! June 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

This looks crazy awesome!


Arthur in the Garden! June 3, 2014 at 11:39 am



[email protected] June 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

This looks like such a beauty!! I don’t have fresh rosemary though. Just wondering if it will make a huge difference in taste if I use dried?


Irvin June 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Hi Ami,

The fresh rosemary is probably going to give you the best flavor. If the dried rosemary is ground to a powder you can try using it, but I can’t guarantee how it will it will turn. The dried rosemary leaves might be too woodsy and tough though.

You could try substitute a different dried green herb though, like dried oregano or dried basil. Those might work better with in dried form!

But whatever you use, when you are using dried herbs, use less. Maybe 1/2 teaspoon instead of a full teaspoon. The dried is more intense in flavor.


Miss Kim @ behgopa June 6, 2014 at 1:30 am

I’ve never tried beer bread before, but I am sold! It looks delicious. I can imagine how amazing it would be fresh out of the oven all hot. Oh and geez I can so imagine what fabulous dinner parties you would throw. People would be having foodgasms, I’ll bet.


Shikha @ Shikha la mode June 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I love using semolina, it’s pretty popular in Indian cooking!


Ruth June 18, 2014 at 6:30 am

dumb question, I know, but is there a nonalcoholic substitute for the beer in this recipe? I don’t drink – allergic to it 🙂


Bethany Hughes May 19, 2015 at 11:58 pm

My bf is going to love this bread! I hope the next time you come up with an even more advanced recipe – beer&sausage bread. What else a man would want:)


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