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Swiss Beer Bread

This recipe is a favorite because it isn't greasy like some cheese breads I have tried. It will not last long! —Debi Wallace, Chestertown, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices)


  • 4 ounces Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Divide cheese in half. Cut half into 1/4-in. cubes; shred remaining cheese. In a large bowl, combine next 5 ingredients. Stir beer into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cubed and shredded cheese.
  • Transfer to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Drizzle with butter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 182 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 453mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • DragonSlayersRosebud
    Jul 5, 2020

    Love this recipe, easy peasy. I use less sugar. I found dark beer is best, but I've used lite beer too, it turns out too. I also use what cheese I have on hand. If you have unexpected company, it's easy to put together and serve with fruit or tray of summer sausage. While it's baking you can converse with your company and viola homemade goodness

  • zmds14
    Mar 29, 2020

    Made this last night to go with my brother's clam chowder. It was amazing! Wonderful flavor and so easy to make, everyone loved it! I made a couple of adjustments though. I only had a bag of shredded swiss on hand, so I skipped the cubed cheese. I also added a small amount of thyme and nutmeg. I'll be making this a lot.

  • Kathy
    Jan 27, 2020

    Been making this for a few years. I have used different types of swiss cheese and Chocolate Stout beer. It tastes great while it is warm, but as left overs it really taste better toasted. Will have to try it with cheddar cheese like other have suggested.

  • Joyce
    Feb 28, 2018

    Love this recipe. Have used gruyere, have used ex sharp cheddar and have used plain old swiss. Loved them all for different reasons. I also have added herbs like rosemary and oregano and even parsley. This is a very good fast bread and it always disappears immediately. Yummy stuff!

  • Angela
    Jul 16, 2017

    Dark beer and sharp cheddar cheese also make this great. Plus, I use a stick of butter on top and sprinkle with garlic salt. Super great recipe!

  • brendahanna
    Feb 17, 2017

    Very good. Definitely one for the recipe box.

  • joannewells
    Feb 15, 2017

    Liked it very much. Will make it again.

  • germanycook
    Aug 7, 2016

    Scrumptious bread! I forgot to shred some cheese and cubed it all, it turned out delicious - even better toasted with butter :)

  • shortbreadlover
    May 12, 2016

    loved the cheese flavor in this bread. i think i would add more cheese just because i like the added flavor. beer can vary in flavor too

    Feb 8, 2016

    I tried this bread because I like homemade bread but don't always have time to wait for typical yeast breads to rise. My husband has actually requested it and raves about it each time I make it. I vary the cheese and it still comes out delicious!