I can’t leave anything alone.
After making my Classic Beer Bread, I decided to play around with variations. Since beer brewing has exploded in the last several years to include tons of different types and flavors, it’s actually pretty easy to come up with different types of beer bread because there are so many bases to choose from.
Since I love anything sweet, I knew I wanted to make a sweetened version of beer bread by using a hard cider. The apple flavor naturally lead to the inclusion of cinnamon in this recipe because apples = cinnamon in my life.
I considered adding apples to the recipe but worried that it might change the overall texture of the bread or make it mushy. I think the hard apple cider provides a subtle, but adequate apple flavor. It also sweetens this bread without being overly sweet.
This is a really neat variation to beer bread that gives you the same texture of a classic bread with a sweet, fruity flavor. For people that don’t like the beer flavor, this is a great alternative!
Hard Apple Cider “Beer Bread”
3 cups flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 12oz. hard apple cider 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp softened butter, divided
Preheat oven 350F.
In a large mixer, combine all of the ingredients except 3 tbsp of the butter, adding the cider last to the mixture.
Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Melt the 3 tbsp of butter and pour over the loaf. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes.
Serve warm, ideally with butter.