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When the days get cold it’s time to cozy in and there is nothing cozier than a bowl of soup and warm bread to go with it. My mom often will make delicious soups and serve them with her homemade bread. Just thinking about it warms my heart and makes my mouth water. While I love making my own homemade soups and stews there are days when I need the convenience of a quick can of soup and there is rarely a day when I have the time or patience or have planned ahead to make a loaf of homemade bread. But I still love the combination of hot soup and warm, fresh from the oven homemade bread.
Enter the light line of soups from Progresso® and this easy beer bread recipe. I have had beer bread on my brain since trying some at a Christmas event and loving it. When I found out how easy they are to make I was totally intrigued and knew I had to give it a try! This bread is ridiculously easy to make and is so delicious! The perfect pairing for a bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day.
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 3 Teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 16 ounce bottle of beer (Amber Ale)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (divided)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Gently combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, garlic. Stir in cheddar cheese. Add beer and mix until soft dough forms.
- Melt 2 Tablespoons butter and use to grease bottom and sides of loaf pan. Shape dough into round oval with hands and press into the greased loaf pan. Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter and pour over top of bread.
- Bake 45 minutes or until crust is firm and golden.
Also, I am not a “beer person” and I still love this bread. (By not a beer person I mean I don’t like beer at all–there are so many great breweries in southwest Michigan that I kind of wish I did!) The beer taste is slight, if anything. Actually probably the hardest part of this recipe was picking out the beer since I am so beer illiterate! I ended up going with an Amber Ale from Bell’s Brewery (got to shop local!) and it suits the bread nicely.
I paired the bread with one of my favorite Light Progresso® soups, Beef Pot Roast. This soup is very filling and I love the veggies in it! Such a quick and simple lunch for a busy day! I love that the lightness of the soup balances out the heaviness of the bread. My family added fresh mandarin oranges (my favorite fruit right now) to our plate as well.
You can find Progresso® Light soup in the soup and canned goods aisle at Wal-Mart. I like to pick up a couple of cans each time I’m at the grocery so we have lots of warm, light lunch options in the winter. Some of my other favorites are Light Italian Wedding Soup and Light Chicken Noodle. Right now you can SAVE $1.00 ON FOUR (<<get the coupon by clicking link) when you buy FOUR CANS any flavor canned Progresso® Soups from 1/1/16-1/31/16.
Hope you are enjoying the cold days, cozying in with your family and enjoying winter favorites like soup paired with whole wheat beer bread.
What is your favorite kind of Progresso® soup to enjoy? Have you ever made beer bread before?
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