Parmesan Cracked Pepper Beer Bread #BreadBakers

Parmesan Cracked Pepper Bread

Parmesan Cracked Pepper Beer Bread packed with cheese and kissed with fresh ground black pepper and maple sugar. Full flavor for any meal, cheese board or snack.

Welcome to another fun addition of #BreadBakers!


#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

Our August challenge…

Use peppers in any form: fresh, dried, ground, hot or sweet, your bread should contain peppers of some sort.

Thank you Sue from  Palatable Pastime for hosting this event! Visit Sue soon and show her some Bread Baker love!

I admit this started out as a difficult challenge for me. I’m not big on spicy foods so chilies were pretty much out. Bell peppers and roasted reds are great ON bread, flatbread or pizza.
But I am a fan of fresh cracked black pepper. The only way to eat it is fresh ground. The taste and aroma speak for themselves. Lemon Pepper Pasta is a favorite here. Of course it needs to be homemade. Smothered in Parm cheese.

Parmesan Cracked Pepper Bread
So naturally a Parmesan Cracked Pepper bread sounds good. A Parmesan Cracked Pepper Beer Bread with a touch of maple sugar sounds divine! I hope you agree.

Parm Cracked Pepper Bread

Parmesan Cracked Pepper Beer Bread #BreadBakers

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons maple sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 12-ounce dark beer, at room temperature
  • 1 egg beaten with water for egg wash


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Combine flours, sugar, salt, pepper, baking powder and cheese in large bowl.
  • Pour beer in a steady stream while stirring mixture to make a thick batter.
  • Scrape batter into a well-greased and floured loaf pan. Level the batter.
  • Brush the loaf top with egg wash. Sprinkle with Parmesan and pepper.
  • Place on center rack of oven and back until center registers 200 degrees, top of the loaf is nicely browned. This bread is a little on the dense side, so don’t rely on a “hollow” sound alone. Average bake time is 45 minutes.
  • Let the loaf cool in the pan on a wire rack about 10 minutes before removing it. A denser bread uses the extra time in the pan to finish baking so the center is not gummy. When ready, turn bread out onto the wire rack to finish cooling. Resist cutting the bread until cooled. Cutting hot bread releases too much moisture.
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Food for Thought…What kinds of peppers would you bake in, on or spread on bread? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below!

Enjoy all these great takes on pepper lovers bread ideas from Bread Bakers!

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Black Bean Corn Casserole #SundaySupper

Black Bean Corn Casserole

Black Bean Corn Casserole for corn lovers who can’t get enough corn. Slightly spicy pasta, bean and corn dish with a lime cilantro kick!

Welcome to another great Sunday Supper event. This week we’re sharing dozens of recipes to tempt the corn lover in you!

I live in eastern Pennsylvania in the heart of the Lehigh Valley. Corn fields are still plentiful around us. We have the best sweet corn from overflowing farm stands to Newhard’s Corn Shed and every store in between.

Soon fall will bring dry corn for the animals. When the warm weather fades you see the ears drying on the stalks. Brown papery husks replace the soft silks and green sheaths that covered that golden goodness.

Farmers will turn their fields into elaborate corn mazes for public pleasure. The best ones can be harder than you think to navigate from start to finish. Your GPS won’t help you in there!

For now I’ll enjoy fresh corn for a few more weeks. Time to freeze some too and make the season last even longer.

One way I love to enjoy corn is in a casserole. Mix corn with pasta, beans and seasoning for a great side dish or main meal.

Save the tomatoes for the salsa!

Black Bean Corn Casserole

Black Bean Corn Casserole

Black Bean Corn Casserole

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 2 cups cream corn (homemade or canned)
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked acini di pepe
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Stir together corn, beans and pasta.
  • Add lime juice and seasonings.
  • Pour into an oven safe dish and cook at 350 until thoroughly heated.
  • Serve.
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Thanks to Ellen from Family Around the Table for hosting and Renee fromRenee’s Kitchen Adventures for managing this event!

Food for Thought… Could you enjoy a day where corn was the star of the meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Drop me a line in the comments below on which recipes you would make! I’d love to hear your ideas!

Enjoy all these delicious corn inspired recipes from Sunday Supper!




Main Dish

Side Dish


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Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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Kiwifruit and Steak Salad #TheRecipeReDux #ad

Kiwifruit Steak Salad

Kiwifruit and Steak Salad teases your taste buds with Sungold Kiwifruit on the salad and in the dressing. Doubly delicious!

“I received free samples of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Welcome to another addition of The Recipe ReDux Challenge!

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Zespri Kwifruit ReDux Challenge

Whether it’s the yellow flesh or the high amount of vitamin C, SunGold is a surprising fruit. Zespri challenged Reduxers to “surprise and delight” with their SunGold recipes, showing off the surprising culinary versatility, pop of color, nutrition and taste of this delicious fruit!


About Zespri Kiwifruit

Zespri Kiwifruit is the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit. You may not always think about a specific brand when it comes to buying kiwifruit, but once you get to know Zespri, you’ll always look for the label. The reason behind Zespri’s superior eating experience is their comprehensive quality system, which ensures that Zespri consistently delivers great-tasting fruit. Zespri is a grower-owned company and all growers are held to the same growing standards.

You’re familiar with delicious green kiwi. Juicy, sweet goodness packed in a fuzzy, brown shell. Kiwifruit has long been a great addition to salads, sauces and summertime drinks.

SunGold kiwifruit, a new variety from Zespri, is one of the fastest growing new fruits globally, with volumes doubling in North America this season (June-October). SunGolds are a natural cross between gold varieties of kiwifruit (all Zespri kiwifruit is non-GMO).


Five surprising facts about SunGold Kiwifruit:

1. Not all kiwifruit is “fuzzy” on the outside.

• Zespri SunGold kiwifruit have a smooth, hairless skin. SunGold is also yellow on the inside, a tropical-sweet taste.

2. You don’t peel kiwifruit.

• Kiwifruit is the perfect portable snack because it is easy to eat! Just cut in half with a knife and scoop with a spoon. That’s it – just cut, scoop, and enjoy!

Sungold Kiwifruit

3. Kiwifruit is a good meat tenderizer.

• Both green and SunGold kiwifruit contain an enzyme called actinidin that helps break down proteins and facilitating digestion and emptying of the stomach.

4. They are a delicious source of micronutrients.

• One serving (2 kiwifruit) of SunGold provides three times more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a medium banana. SunGold is a good source of antioxidant vitamin E.

5. You can “measure” the taste of SunGold.

• Zespri growers achieve the best-tasting kiwifruit through a measure called the brix. The higher the brix, the sweeter the fruit. The dry matter content (where all water is removed) indicates how high the brix will be once the fruit is ripe. A higher dry matter means the better quality the kiwifruit will be- it stores better and tastes better. Not all kiwifruit brands put so much focus on the brix and that’s why not all kiwifruit is created equal. With Zespri, you can really taste the difference!

Sungold Kiwi

How to tell if a SunGold kiwifruit is ripe:

Hold a kiwifruit in the palm of your hand and squeeze gently. It should yield to slight pressure when ripe.

How to speed up ripening:

Leave SunGold kiwifruit out at room temperature approximately 3-7 days to ripen. Speed up the ripening process by putting kiwifruit in a paper bag with bananas or apples (the ethylene gas emitted by these fruits make kiwifruit ripen faster). Once kiwifruit is ripe, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Connect with Zespri Kiwifruit to get the latest news, recipes and more!

Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest.

Get a preview of the kiwi emoji coming this fall and start thinking about all the ways to show kiwi-love through emojis! Kiwi emoji preview!

I love a good balance of flavors in a salad. Kiwifruit and Steak Salad serves up satisfying umami flavor from the steak, a bit of bite from the radish and crunch from the greens. Sungold kiwifruit slices bring the right amount of sweetness to the plate.

Top this salad off with a Sungold kiwifruit based dressing for a refreshing lunch or dinner.

Sungold Kiwifruit and Steak Salad

Kiwifruit and Steak Salad

Kiwifruit and Steak Salad


  • 1 Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound thin sliced steak, cooked (top round, flank, flat iron)
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Mandarin oranges
  • dressing
  • 1 Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Arrange greens, Sungold kiwifruit, steak, radishes, oranges and tomatoes on two plates.
  • dressing
  • Puree Sungold kiwifruit, oil, juices together in a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad. Serve.
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Food for Thought… What is your favorite way to eat kiwifruit? Do you have a recipe you would like to share? Please leave a comment below I’d love to hear your thoughts about Sungold Kiwifruit!
More about the Recipe ReDux.

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As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Dietitians Regan Jones (ofReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications) founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. As the Latin term “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.

Enjoy all these exciting Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit recipes from The Recipe ReDux!

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Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #209

Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!

Please share your recipes, crafts and DIY projects with our friends!

Before we get started let’s say, “Congratulations” to last week’s winners!


You can find the links to our Host Favorite Picks here at Daily Dish Magazine!


On to the Party!

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