Irish Beer Bread

Cheddar, chives, and a dark, dark beer give this beer bread a bite that any Irish lad or lass would fight you for. This is also a great first time bread recipe because it doesn't require kneading or rising time, you just mix it and pour it!
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cheddar
  • ¼ cup chives
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and the cheese. Stir with your fingers to incorporate everything well. Add the beer all at once, mixing as little as possible; the batter should be lumpy. Pour the batter into a 9-x-5-x-3-inch loaf pan and brush with the melted butter. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle an additional few tablespoons of shredded cheese on top and return to the oven and switch to broil on high. Be sure to watch the bread closely, and to keep the oven door ajar. Broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese on top has turned a golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 20 mins then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.