Note: You can substitute pop such as a cola, root beer, or lemon lime in place of the beer but it’s not quite as complex a flavour without the beer. I don’t even drink beer but I do keep some in the house for recipes such as this super tasty bread.
3 cups flour
1 T. sugar
1 tsp salt
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. fresh rosemary
1 tsp. dried lavender
1 tsp. dried mint
1 cup finely shredded cheese (optional – it’s still a delicious bread without it; my choice is an old cheddar)
12 oz. beer (use a dark beer for even more depth of flavour)
1 tsp. rolled oats, sunflower seeds, or sesame seeds (optional)
Instructions: Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, herbs and cheese. Stir in the beer and mix well. Spread batter into a greased loaf pan and top with the oats/seeds. Bake at 375 F until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. The bread should be golden brown.
Note: Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and some dried herbs. Package this in a bag or jar and present as a gift along with a can of pop or bottle of beer and the instructions for making the bread. Or you can even line a loaf pan with a pretty dish towel and then put the jar/bag of bread mix and beverage in that. Makes a really nice housewarming gift.