100% Whole Grain Cheddar Bacon Beer Bread

100% Whole Grain Cheddar Bacon Beer Bread | texanerin.com

When Kelly posted her fully loaded beer bread last year, I made it almost immediately. I don’t like beer but beer bread is another thing. And as if it weren’t enough that it was beer bread, it had cheese and bacon. How could I not make it?

I took it to a BBQ and it was pretty much all I wanted to eat. I love cheese and carbs like nothing else.

The original is a bit fancier with garlic, onion and bell peppers but I was too lazy to deal with the garlic and don’t like the other two things. So look at Kelly’s version if you want that stuff. :)

100% Whole Grain Cheddar Bacon Beer Bread | texanerin.com

Okay. That picture makes the bread look pretty unappetizing, but really, it’s just the picture. And you can just ignore that chip on the plate. But as someone who always wants to see the texture of something before making it, I’m forcing myself to post this picture. So there you go.

I went with 100% whole wheat and with all the beer, cheese, and bacon in there… I don’t think anyone will mind, even if they don’t like whole wheat bread. I’ve made this with white flour and half white flour before and the texture was just the same as when using 100% whole wheat. Nice and moist and a little dense (but in a nice way!)

The second time I made this, I only made half the recipe, and that’s what you’ll find below. The entire recipe is just too much for two people, especially when one has a cheese + carb addiction that just won’t quit. If you don’t have a small loaf pan, you could bake these as muffins for what I’m guessing would be about 15 minutes. Or if you have more than one person to share with, definitely go with the whole recipe!

100% Whole Grain Cheddar Bacon Beer Bread | texanerin.com

100% Whole Grain Cheddar Bacon Beer Bread

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  • Yield: 10 servings


  • 3.5 ounces (100 grams) bacon
  • 1 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) beer
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) honey
  • 3/4 cup (85 grams) sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and spray a 3" x 7" (8cm x 17cm) loaf pan very well with baking spray or simply place a piece of parchment paper in the pan.
  2. Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium heat until crisp. Let the bacon cool on a paper towel lined plate and then using your fingers, crumble the bacon into 1/2" pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cayenne powder.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the beer, buttermilk, butter, honey, bacon, 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and chopped green oninos.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir just until combined.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Take the bread out of the oven and add the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese to the top of the loaf.
  7. Bake for another 15 minutes and then let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool.
  8. Best enjoyed immediately or on the same day of baking, but it stays moist for days.

Adapted from Fully Loaded Beer Bread - Evil Shenanigans

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  • Lora CakeDuchess says
    April 25, 2013 @ 3:32 am

    You're so funny w/the picture and then the chip (which I didn't notice til you mentioned;)I made a similar bread and didn't post b/c I felt the photos didn't do it justice. I know this bread is delicious. The texture looks fantastic, Erin.

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking says
    April 23, 2013 @ 1:47 am

    This sounds amazing Erin! Love all the flavors. I;ll probably skip the bacon, but can't wait to add some cheese in my beer bread! Wonderful!
    I'd love if you link it to this month Bake your own bread round-up http://www.roxanashomebaking.com/chocolate-buttermilk-bread-recipe/ (scroll to the bottom of the post)


  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    April 22, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    I think I have to make this for my husband. He is a carbs, bacon and beer lover and I think he would just inhale this bread.

  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings says
    April 22, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    I haven't been so excited about a recipe for a long time…I'm bookmarking this so I can make it for my family. Wow, just wow! I am so digging this savory bread!

  • www.you-made-that.com says
    April 22, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    This almost looks like meatloaf, great bread to go with a big bowl of chili!

  • Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } says
    April 20, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    Beer bread is one of my all time favorite things to make! Love how you packed yours full of lovely goodies. Delish!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
    April 20, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    The picture looks pretty appetizing to me!

  • Valerie says
    April 20, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    I'm big on texture (and carbs!) too. This looks bread looks like something I could inhale in one sitting. :D

  • Patty Price says
    April 20, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    Wowzers Erin!!! I am all over this bread recipe-definitely making this one…love all the flavors!
    This will be a really fun tasty unique bread recipe to share with friends;-)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    April 19, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    That is a lot of good stuff crammed into one bread! Love beer bread, but I haven't had it in years!

  • The Café Sucré Farine says
    April 18, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    Wow, does this look amazing. I think the 100% whole wheat totally compensates for all the cheese so it becomes quite legal :)

  • eatgreatbegreat says
    April 18, 2013 @ 4:07 am

    Wow…this sounds amazing!

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic says
    April 18, 2013 @ 2:13 am

    I love beer bread but have never seen a "healthified" version until now. Thanks! Looking forward to trying it.

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says
    April 18, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    OMG yes 1000x. I love beer bread! But adding buttermilk, cheese, and BACON to it? Insanity. Kevin would propose all over again if I made this for him!!! I would gladly eat this for the rest of my life if I could. Now I am craving beer. and bread. and cheese.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    April 17, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    I love whole grain breads, what a great savory combo!

  • Carla Walker says
    April 17, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    Dont like beer?!? That's ok, Ill forgive you ;) This bread sounds incredible! I love savory breads, especially when cheese and bacon are involved!

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    April 17, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    I looove cheese, and beer… and bread. This sounds tasty! don't hate me if I swap out for veggie bacon ;-)

  • Meagan Wied says
    April 17, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    I'm always up for beer bread and beer butt chicken. Now I have to try beer bread with all the extra fixings of cheddar and bacon.

  • eatgood4life.blogspot.com says
    April 17, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Beer bread? I don't think I have ever heard about this. For sure my husband would love this one :-) It looks really moist and yummy and the cheese in it sounds great.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    April 17, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    I made a beer bread with cheddar once, but bacon is something I'd definitely add as well. I like all the greens inside as well :)

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says
    April 17, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    I love beer bread. This looks fabulous!

  • london bakes says
    April 17, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    Such great flavours in this!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    April 17, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    This looks soooooooo flavorful! I love it!

  • Tracey Wilhelmsen says
    April 17, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Bacon, beer and cheese in one savory bread?! Yes please!! This would be sooo good with a bowl of a soup on these cool spring nights.


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