Cheddar Cheese Bread

As someone who cooks & bakes a lot, I find it necessary to have a few tricks up my sleeve when I’m entertaining. In my experience, people are always impressed if you can make carbohydrates fancier. That’s why I always run out of my killer garlic bread and continually blow minds with this herbed flatbread recipe.

Carbs can be mind blowing. What can I say? See that avocado on top of this bread? EPIC.

And this here Cheddar Cheese Bread is no exception. It’s like a bread meets biscuit. That means you can portion control (err on the big side!) your slice of bread. It’s crispy on the outside, and fluffy/slightly dense on the inside. What makes it more awesome is the bits of cheese that can be seen throughout. The edges of the bread have some crispy cheese baked in. YES to that.

I can imagine this recipe could be a gateway for more amazing Cheese Bread Combinations. Rosemary mixed in? Smoked Paprika? How about a few dashes of hot sauce? Pair it with a soup & salad?

Don’t mind if I do…

And we’re off!

Time to gather our ingredients.

Dry stuff! HELLO.

Butter. Hey. Hi.

Butter gets cut into the flour/baking soda/salt mixture. This pastry cutter was not used.

My hands were.

Sharp cheddar goes in. Find the sharpest cheddar you can find. The bite is what you need/crave.

Buttermilk enters the picture.

Cut that dough in half. This recipe makes two loaves!

Put the dough in two pans. Cut a cross on the top of each loaf. Shove some butter up in.

Like so…

I have a glass Pyrex loaf pan so I can see the edges. More like…I have it so I can drool over the edges.

Hello, mama.

Slice it up.

It’s amazing with avocado smashed in with a sprinkle of sea salt.

We grilled it with our panini press and added honey on top. It was scrumptious!

And if you’re worried about having two loaves in your possession. Freeze one!

Cheddar Cheese Bread

makes 2  5 x 9 loaves

recipe slightly adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine 

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 5 ounces sharp orange cheddar, coarsely shredded
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Grease two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Using your fingers, mix 2 tbsp. butter into the flour mixture until well incorporated (it should look like sand). Add the cheese; toss to coat. Add the buttermilk and stir until the dough just comes together. Divide between the pans; smooth the tops.

Cut a shallow cross all the way across the tops of the loaves. Thinly slice the remaining 1 tbsp. butter. Place the butter in the cuts in each loaf. Bake until the top is browned and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan at least 30 minutes before slicing.

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  • February 18, 2013

    Cheese bread!!! It looks so good! I love how you stuffed the cheese slices in the top and that you have a glass pan so you can stare at it and keep tabs on it. :) Pinning!

  • February 18, 2013

    P.S. Do you have a Pin It button? I had to do it the old-fashioned way unless I’m dense and missed it on your site!

  • February 18, 2013

    No knead cheese bread??? I’m so in!!!!! Love this specially with avocado on it mmmhhh

  • February 18, 2013

    Shove some buttah up in…..my favorite instructions, thus far!

  • Sini
    February 18, 2013

    Oh this looks so delicious! Have to make it. With some avocado on top, please!

  • February 18, 2013

    Oh man. This is on my to-make list. Like, immediately. Looks fantastic!

  • February 18, 2013

    My oven is preheating just for this – I love some cheddar bread, but adding the avocado is so EPIC.

  • February 18, 2013

    Oh man. You combined two of my favorite things on this earth. Making this bread this week!!

  • jenny
    February 18, 2013

    my college served/made the most absurd cheese bread ever, and I have never been able to replicate it. theirs was a yeast bread, not a quick bread, but your recipe will, I’m sure, still scratch that insatiable cheese bread itch. can’t wait to bake!

  • Meghan
    February 18, 2013

    Wow! I was for sure this was a yeast dough! I looks delicious and I love that its actually a quick bread!

  • February 18, 2013

    I want to make out with that cheese bread.

  • February 18, 2013

    Well, I think I know what’ll be showing up on tonight’s dinner table!

  • February 18, 2013

    Ooooohhhh man.

  • February 18, 2013

    Mmmm, those crispy edge bits are what it’s all about. Reminds me when I was younger and my mom would let me buy a cheese bun at the grocery store (or pizza bun, whhhaat?). Good times.

  • Chelsea
    February 18, 2013

    Mmm, this looks good. It reminds me of these cheese bagels I used to get from Einstein Bros. (a chain I think still exists?) when I was a kid. I’m normally scared by bread, but maybe I can try this one. Thanks, Tracy!

  • February 18, 2013

    Yum cakes! So stankin’ good! I want to make this STAT.

  • Stacey
    February 18, 2013

    Is it possible to freeze half of the batch at any point to only make one loaf of bread at a time? If so, would you freeze the raw dough, or the cooked loaf and then preheat?

    Thanks!

  • February 18, 2013

    This looks so soooo good (and yes, it deserves some extra o’s because it really looks that good). You combined two of my fave foods (bread and cheese!) so I’m definitely going to have to try it. Especially because the impatient baker that I am doesn’t have to wait for any dough to rise! :)

  • February 18, 2013

    Three cheers for quick and easy (and delicious) cheese bread! This would make such a fabulous winter night meal alongside some soup. This might just be happening in my kitchen this week…

  • February 18, 2013

    I love this idea! I’m thinking of a Manchego/Parmesan version with strawberry or fig jam…

  • Pam
    February 18, 2013

    Tracy, could you seriously do a post on selecting avocados?! Not a serious post – just seriously, I could use a how-to on picking avocados! Yours are always PERFECT and I have about a 50% success rate at best – those brown spots are such a bummer!!

  • February 18, 2013

    This looks so good it’s actually hurting my feelings!

  • February 18, 2013

    This looks amazing!!

    Cheese + Carbs = Love!

  • February 18, 2013

    A definite win! I’ll have to give it a try. :)

  • Rachael
    February 18, 2013

    wow! This looks so tasty! Once I get my friend’s wedding out of the way, this is absolutely being tested….it’s going to be a long 5 weeks! Thanks for sharing!

  • February 18, 2013

    Waaaaant! This looks so awesome!

  • Cara
    February 18, 2013

    I made this bread today. SO good!!!!

  • Lizzie
    February 18, 2013

    I’m about to go back to the grocery store just to get me some cheddar and buttermilk! I’m gonna make this tonight to end the long weekend RIGHT.

  • February 18, 2013

    Jeez, I’m going to slip some garlic in with that butter. Can’t wait!

  • February 18, 2013

    When I saw this on my Instagram feed, I thought it was going to be one of those delicious but tedious yeast-based breads. This is a quick bread! Now I have to make it. And yes, with avocados. You make me want avocados on everything.

  • February 18, 2013

    THIS. Is what my life has been missing. As soon as I get good and moved into my new place, it’s on like Donkey Kong.

  • Laura
    February 18, 2013

    Bread and cheese IN ONE!??? How awesomely lazy am I allowed to be?
    I feel like I would be so fat if we were friends..

  • February 18, 2013

    Oh brilliant! i love the recipe! i love the way it was written! And the way you place your pictures around the write up followed by the summarised recipe, it’s the best and the most professional way of doing it!

  • February 18, 2013

    I’m bookmarking the heck out of this one!

  • February 19, 2013

    It looks soooo yummy! Have to bake it at home at the weekend! :-)

  • February 19, 2013

    Yummy, this looks so good. I might need to try and figure out a gluten free version.

  • February 19, 2013

    This looks sooooo good! I love cheese in anything!

  • February 19, 2013

    Bread and cheese, two of my favorite things. I’ll definitely have to give this a try!

  • February 19, 2013

    Carb heavennnn. Cheesy bread is the best- made only better by the addition of avocado!

  • Taanya
    February 20, 2013

    Tracy: I can’t shake the need to add diced jalepeno to this recipe. LOVE jalepeno cheese bread!

    • Tracy
      February 20, 2013

      DO IT!!!!!!! That sounds amazing!

      • Taanya
        February 23, 2013

        I did and it was INCREDIBlLE! Thanks for the words of encouragement.

  • mariah
    February 20, 2013

    Tracy, can I just say one of my favorite food things I’ve learned from your blog is probably the most unmentioned-though your pictures speak volumes of love for it. It’s the mashing and smearing of lightly salted avocado and the drizzling of hot sauce or olive oil on top of toast and tortillas. I just love it!

    • Tracy
      February 20, 2013

      Thank you so much, Mariah!! I’m glad you can get a feeling of how I cook/eat and learn something that way!!

  • Sini
    February 21, 2013

    Made this today and enjoyed it with a bowl of creamy salmon soup. The next slice will be enjoyed with avocado! Thank you for this insanely easy and quick recipe.

  • March 3, 2013

    made the recipe tonight. thanks for the inspiration.

  • March 7, 2013

    I tried it, and it was pretty tasty! I even blogged about it! http://www.freshfromthe.com/2013/03/cheddar-cheese-bread.html

  • April 29, 2013

    Made this last night – delicious!! We even had an avocado to spread on it too :)

  • May 31, 2013

    Oh my, cheese bread! Sounds way too delicious :)

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