Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

These soft and fluffy black pepper cheddar beer bread rolls are perfect for making little sandwiches. 

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

We had a hefty amount of leftover beer and cheese from our Super Bowl feast. The following day, I took those leftovers and started experimenting in the kitchen.

And voilà, this black pepper cheddar beer was created (among a handful of other beer recipes such as these honey beer pretzels and this spicy beer bread).

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

I love the combination of beer and cheese, especially stouts with cheddar.

I used Guinness and sharp cheddar to flavor the dough. To add an extra ump, I added quite a bit of freshly cracked black pepper.

The stout, cheddar, and black pepper meld together to create this mysteriously attractive flavor that keeps me coming back for more.

I’m serious. If you don’t tell people the flavors of the bread, they’ll take bite after bite after bite, trying to figure out what that tasty concoction is made of.

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

This bread is ideal for making little sandwiches, especially breakfast sandwiches because it’s the perfect size for a fried egg!

(Case in point: this ham, cheddar, and fried egg sammie I’m slicing into above.)

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Tips for making these bread rolls:

  • Use a large baking sheet (at least 18 x 13-inches) if you don’t want the bread rolls to fuse together. 
    • You can also split the rolls between two smaller baking sheets. 
  • This recipe calls for a dry stout beer, like Guinness. If you don’t have stout, any other dark beer with coffee, chocolate, or roasted barley notes will work.
  • You may substitute all-purpose flour in place of bread flour. However, the resulting bread may not have as much “chew.”
  • It’s best to use mild cheddar or sharp cheddar cheese. I don’t recommend using other cheeses like mozzarella, Swiss, or fontina for this recipe. It won’t taste as a good.

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

These black pepper cheddar beer bread rolls bake up soft and fluffy.

They’re delicious warm, fresh from the oven. The flavors become even more pronounced when you eat them at room temperature.

Black Pepper Cheddar Beer Bread

Yield: makes 12 rolls

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 1 Tablespoon (9 grams) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water, 110 degrees F
  • 2/3 cup dry stout beer (example: Guinness), room temp
  • 2 Tablespoons (27 grams) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons (28 grams) melted unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups (420 grams) unbleached bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (4.5 oz/130 grams) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Egg Wash, see notes


  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit for 5-7 minutes until mixture is foamy and yeast is activated. Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add beer, brown sugar, and melted butter. Whisk to combine.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and pepper. Attach dough hook to stand mixer. Add half of flour mixture to mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until dough starts to come together. Add remaining flour along with the shredded cheese. Continue to mix on low speed until dough forms into a ball.

  3. Increase speed to medium and knead bread for 3 minutes until dough is smooth and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.

  4. Transfer dough to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover and let dough rest for 45 minutes until dough has doubled in volume. Punch dough down. Divide dough into 12 equal parts. (It is best to use a scale to divide dough by weight.)

  5. Roll portioned dough into balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet (18 x 13-inch). Cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rest for 30 minutes to rise.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush egg wash over the bread rolls. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating baking sheet after 15 minutes. Bake until rolls are rich golden brown on top and the internal temperature of the bread registers at least 190 degrees F. Allow rolls to slightly cool before serving. Serve bread warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • To make egg wash: whisk together one large egg, 1 tsp water, and a pinch of salt.
  • Keep cooled bread in a plastic bag (or bread box/container) for up to three days. Otherwise, tightly wrap any remaining rolls and keep frozen for up to 1 month.
  • To make a breakfast sandwich: horizontally slice bread roll in half and lightly toast. Add a few slices of ham and thick slice of cheese on bottom bun. Set bottom bun under broiler/toaster for a few seconds until cheese has melted. Add fried egg. Season with a little salt and pepper. Place top bun over egg and ENJOY!
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These look amazing! I love that you added black pepper to flavor the beer dough. Stunning pictures.

Robin Stellwagen Seljevold

Hi Maryanne,
Question: can this be made as one big round bolle instead of individual rolls?


Hello! Can this be used to make a loaf bread instead? Similar to your spicy beer bread? Thanks!

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