Cheese Bread

If you are ever in need of a quick and delicious bread to serve with dinner, look no further. This bread is fantastic. It requires no yeast (for those of you scared of yeast breads or for those who didn’t plan enough time for bread to rise – like I would ever do that!) and is moist and flavorful. The bread is laden with pockets of sharp cheddar cheese and if serving it with a main course doesn’t convince you to love it, eating it as toast the next day will. The recipe is simple and fairly quick with the only time constraint coming because the recipe cautions to let the bread cool for 45 minutes before cutting – I’m afraid I didn’t get that far and while it may have crumbled a bit from being cut into while warm, it was worth it. Another fantastic recipe from Cook’s Illustrated that helped me change up the same old side dishes I always serve with dinner.

Cheese Bread

Simple and Delicious Cheese Bread

Simple and Delicious Cheese Bread

Note: If the toothpick comes out with what looks like uncooked batter after testing the bread for doneness, try again in a different spot since the toothpick may have hit a pocket of cheese the first time. You definitely don’t want to overbake the bread or it will be dry. According to the original recipe, the texture of the bread improves as it cools, so if you can, resist the urge to slice the bread while it is still very hot. I can attest that this leftover cheese bread makes excellent toast. Use a toaster oven or baking sheet in a 425-degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes (a conventional toaster can be messy because the pockets of cheese will melt and burn).


  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded on large holes of box grater (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cups (15 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4-5 ounces sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk (2% milk may be substituted but don’t use skim milk)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sour cream


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position in the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 5 by 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, then sprinkle 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese evenly in bottom of pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper to combine. Using a rubber spatula, mix in cheddar cheese cubes, breaking up clumps, until cheese is coated with flour. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, melted butter, egg, and sour cream. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined (the batter will be heavy and thick). Do not overmix. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan; spread to sides of pan and level surface with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan evenly over surface.
  3. Bake until deep golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 5 minutes; invert loaf from pan and continue to cool until warm, about 45 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.

Recipe Source: adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

28 Responses to Simple and Delicious Cheese Bread

  1. […] I found an awesome recipe here, and it closely matches the one that I first had. When it comes to grilled cheese some people let the butter melt in the pan, then grill it while others butter the bread itself then grill. I’m a believer in the latter of the two. I’ve always wanted my grilled cheese to have that consistency that you see in movies, television shows or print ads. That consistency where as soon as you cut and separate the sandwich the cheese starts to ooze. It wasn’t until two years ago that I discovered the paring of Manchego and Havarti with Dill is what makes this consistency happen. […]

  2. laurie says:

    So I made this delicious looking bread last Monday, froze it whole on Tuesday to take camping this weekend. It spent all week in the freezer. When I pulled it out and let it thaw on Saturday, when I sliced it, there were traces of black outlining all the delicious chunks of sharp cheddar throughout the bread, growing more pronounced the deeper I sliced into the loaf. I can only imagine it was mold. The bread didn’t appear undercooked, and I had checked several times as suggested in different areas of the bread to ensure doneness when baking. I am just flabbergasted as to how the mold could have grown if it was undercooked, especially since it spent one evening cooling in my kitchen, then promptly hit the freezer. Has this happened to anyone else?
    I guess next time I’ll shred the cheese instead and overcook it.

  3. […] Ooey gooey cheesy bread. How can you go […]

  4. Bread Lover says:

    I made this last night. I would have added a bit more salt and cayenne pepper. The bread is dense but tasty. Make sure to cook it through as this would be an easy bread to under cook.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Made this last weekend and it is awesome! I am tossing all of my other quick cheese bread recipes away. Think next time I will sub shredded Asiago cheese for the Parm. Thanks Mel!

  6. Kelly says:

    P.S. You should warn readers that this bread is best for those running 50 plus miles a week! 🙂

  7. Kelly says:

    Super delicious. Mmm. I used this recipe to make muffins (I can’t find my bread pan!) and they are SO dangerously good. Oh, I didn’t have cheddar so I used the same Italian 5-cheese mix for the bottom of the cupcake trays and for inside the batter. Delicious. Thank you!

    • Mel says:

      Kelly – what a great idea to make this bread into muffin form! I love it. And your p.s. is funny but true. Sorry for the extra calories…

  8. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – because this is a quick bread and not a yeast bread, I’m afraid it wouldn’t hold up too well as sandwich bread – it is dense and moist and might fall apart if used that way.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Melanie, could this be used as sandwich bread? Maybe if I add less cheese?


  10. Christy says:

    Oh my-your bread looks delicious! I seriously can’t resist anything with parmesan, especially breads. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    This looks fabulous! I just used the last of my parmesan, or I’d be making this for dinner tonight. Can’t wait to try it!

  12. giz says:

    Nice and simple and looks really delicious. I like the instant gratification of this bread rather than the wait time of yeast based breads.

  13. Melanie says:

    Mrsblocko – thanks for giving me the link to your blog. I’m glad you liked this recipe!

  14. Rachel says:

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  15. grace says:

    melted cheese is just gorgeous. who needs a grilled cheese sandwich when you can have cheese bread? now that i think of it, a grilled cheese sandwich made with cheese bread would be outstanding. 🙂

  16. Mrsblocko says:

    I made this last night and wrote about it on my blog.

    thank you for the great recipe!

  17. Lynda says:

    This bread looks amazing and delicious!I’ll give this one a try. I like quick breads and with parmesan, who can resist?

  18. Melanie Anne says:

    Wow this looks really good!! I think my cheese lovin family would love it!

  19. alan and bonnie says:

    I made this tonight and found it was very good with a biscuit like consistency. Tasted like cheese biscuits from a restaurant. very easy to make!

  20. Melanie says:

    Alan and Bonnie – I’m glad you tried this already! I didn’t think about it having a biscuit-like consistency, but I think you are right. Biscuit in bread form!

  21. Psychgrad says:

    This looks delicious. I’m a bit of a yeast wimp – so this would work for me!

  22. Look Younger says:

    your cheese bread looks terrific!

  23. Leigh Anne Wilkes says:

    Cheese and bread – two of my favorite things. Can’t wait to try it – Yum, yum!!! Now that I’m home from Spring Break I’m ready to get cooking and baking!!

  24. Dazy says:

    This is not new for me! Still keeping this with me. Looks really yummy too..gearing up with recipes for the hot summer days
    hopefully ahead!

  25. Wine Lover says:

    right you are! simple but looks great and delish!

  26. Krista says:

    If I had all the ingredients, this would already be in the oven. It’s on the list to make after I go to the store next time.

    I love cheese bread.


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