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Woodchuck Hard Cider Bread

Things have been a little quiet around B&B through the holidays. James and I made our three and a half day trek from New Jersey to San Antonio, arriving just in time for the family’s Christmas Eve celebrations.

I decided to take a little break and really enjoy my family. I’ve been having a blast with my nephew and niece, David and Ava. We’ve baked sandwich bread and muffins, we sit together at the dinner table each night, and my favorite part of the day is asking them each what their favorite part of the day has been. Hearing David talk about his latest art project, or Ava about learning to read – it’s priceless.

I made this bread just before we left New Jersey. I’ve been obsessed with Beer Bread for a long time. I love Jamie’s recipe, and I use it nearly every time we make soup or chili on a cold Winter night.

What happens when a thought becomes an experiment – I could not live without my recipe notebooks!

What you might find odd is that while I cook with beer all the time, I never drink it. I’ve never learned to love the taste of it as a beverage, but I think it’s a fabulous ingredient!

The bottled alcoholic beverage of my choice happens to be Woodchuck Hard Cider. Made with champagne yeast and fine apple cider in Vermont, Woodchuck Hard Cider is bubbly and sweet with just the right amount of spice. It certainly smooths all the rough edges for this girl after a long day of work.

One evening, James and I were chilling on our deck, each with a cider, and a thought popped into my head – maybe I could adapt that beer bread into a cider bread, and head in a sweeter direction. I knew it had to be Woodchuck, simply because of that champagne yeast.

I’m happy to say that Hard Cider Bread is exceptional – perfectly apple-y and moist. It’s somewhere between a quick bread and a pound cake, and because all the alcohol bakes off, it’s appropriate for breakfast or dessert.

If you’re looking for a super easy and quick sweet bread to take to a family function or potluck, this is the ticket. I guarantee you no one else will have tried Hard Cider Bread, so you’ll be the talk of the potluck.

Very soon, you’re going to see a bread pudding made from this bread. My mouth waters a little just thinking about it.

I hope that you’ve had an exceptional start to 2012, my friends.

Disclaimer: I have not been asked by Woodchuck Hard Cider to write this post or develop this recipe, nor have I been compensated in any way. I simply love their products. I think you will too.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Woodchuck Hard Cider Bread – – – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]
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Thursday 3rd of October 2013

I just made two loaves using your recipe as a base! One is with Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple seasonal cider, with golden raisins instead of cranberries. The other is Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider with a dab of pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon. They smell amazing and we're all drooling waiting for them too cool off enough to taste!


Saturday 5th of October 2013

Sephani, those both sound awesome! Thanks so much for the comment. I'd love to know how they turned out. :)


Saturday 23rd of March 2013

I'm a huge fan of cider, so when I saw this recipe I really jumped on it. I used Strongbow for my first loaf. Strongbow was my first love when it came to alcohol, so I always have a few handy. It had a rustic crust yet a distinct, light, delicate flavor, very delicious. The cranberries offered a great pop of flavor. I then made a double batch with Woodchuck Granny Smith Apple. Superb flavor and another rustic, crunchy crust. Plus my house smells great. Cherry on top- it's vegan!!


Saturday 31st of March 2012

I just bought some of the 2012 Spring Woodchuck and was so disappointed. The "notes of maple syrup and brown sugar" made drinking it feel like licking a pancake--sticky! What to do with the remaining 5.5 bottles? A friend directed me here and I just made a double batch. I slightly reduced the brown sugar to compensate for the sweetness of the cider. The first loaf is in the oven now, but judging from what I licked off my fingers, it's going to be great! Thanks!


Monday 2nd of April 2012

Margaret, I'd love to know how it turned out for you. I bet the Spring Woodchuck is fabulous in this bread. I like the Spring line, but then, I really like sweet ciders to dry ones.


Tuesday 27th of March 2012

Looks like a recipe I will be trying. Instead of 4 tablespoons of baking powder called for in the recipe I will be using 4 teaspoons I can see in the picture of your notebook. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Wednesday 28th of March 2012

Bill, thanks for catching that. I've updated the post. Not quite sure how I made that mistake! I hope you enjoy the bread. It's very tasty.