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Homemade Cheese Bread

This homemade cheese bread features ripples and swirls of real melted cheese and a deliciously soft and buttery dough. It’s irresistible!

Homemade Cheese Bread

Cheese Bread Video Tutorial

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Make the dough with a few standard ingredients.
  2. Knead the dough.
  3. Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours.
  4. Punch down the dough and roll it into a rectangle.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top and roll it up into a log.
  6. Cut the log in halve lengthwise, then twist it up.
  7. Let the shaped bread rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Brush with garlic herb butter.
  9. Bake until golden brown.
Homemade Cheese Bread

This homemade dough is extra soft and buttery. My #1 tips are to make sure you’re using a combination of water and buttermilk (or whole milk) and bread flour instead of all-purpose flour.

  1. Yeast: Start with quality yeast. I always depend on Platinum Yeast. It’s an instant yeast that builds a stronger and more voluminous dough.
  2. Sugar: Sugar feeds the yeast and adds flavor.
  3. Buttermilk & Water: For soft, flavorful, and chewy cheese bread, use a combination of buttermilk and water.
  4. Melted Butter: Butter adds flavor. Melt it, then let it slightly cool before using.
  5. Eggs: 1 egg provides flavor and structure.
  6. Salt & Garlic Powder: Each add wonderful flavor.
  7. Bread Flour: Flour is the entire structure of the bread. Bread flour is best here because of its strong gluten formation and high rise.
  8. Cheese: I recommend cheddar cheese for the filling, but you can use any variety that isn’t particularly soft. Pepper jack cheese is great if you like a little heat.
Homemade Cheese Bread

The trickiest part, if you can call it that, is shaping the dough. Roll it up cinnamon roll style then cut the log in half lengthwise so you have 2 pieces. Twist them together, then fit into a loaf pan.

Homemade Cheese Bread
Homemade Cheese Bread
Homemade Cheese Bread

This bread tastes even better with a generous brushing or drizzle of garlic herb butter on top. Mix melted butter, garlic powder, and parsley together. Brush all over the shaped bread. You can even brush more on the bread once it comes out of the oven.

Homemade Cheese Bread

Homemade Cheese Bread

Homemade Cheese Bread
This homemade cheese bread features ripples and swirls of real melted cheese and a deliciously soft and buttery dough. It’s irresistible!
Yield 1 (9×5-inch) loaf
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (warmed to about 110°F)
  • 1/3 cup water (about 110°F)
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted, and slightly cooled)
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley (or your favorite herb)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Prepare the dough: Whisk the warm buttermilk, warm water, yeast, and sugar together in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the butter, egg, salt, garlic powder, and 1 cup flour. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then add the remaining flour. Beat on low speed until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 2 minutes. *If you do not own a mixer, you can mix this dough with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. It will take a bit of arm muscle!*
  • Knead the dough: Keep the dough in the mixer and beat on low speed for an additional 2 minutes or knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes. (See video tutorial below if you need a visual of kneading dough by hand.)
  • 1st Rise: Lightly grease a large bowl with oil or nonstick spray. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise in a relatively warm environment for 1½-2 hours or until double in size.
  • Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  • Shape the bread: Punch down the dough to release the air. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and with a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 9×15 inch rectangle (approximately). Sprinkle cheese all over the top, leaving a 1/2 inch border uncovered.
  • Watch the video below to see exactly how I do this step. Tightly roll the dough into a 15-inch log. Place the log on its seam. Using a sharp knife, cut the log in half lengthwise. I find a serrated knife works best. Criss-cross one half, cut side down, on top of the other half– forming an X. Tightly twist the two together. Pinch the outer edges to seal as best you can. If you have any leftover cheese, cut a few small squares and tuck into the dough as shown in the video above. This is optional and simply for extra cheesy pockets! Place in prepared loaf pan and cover with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. (This step can get a little messy.)
  • Allow the covered loaf to rest for 30 minutes. It will slightly rise during this time.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any cheese or butter that may drip down. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Topping: Whisk the melted butter, herbs, and garlic powder together. Drizzle or brush on top of dough.
  • Bake: Bake until golden brown and, when gently tapped, the top of the loaf sounds hollow, about 45-55 minutes. If you find the top of the loaf is browning too quickly as it bakes, tent with aluminum foil. (I usually place foil on top after about 25 minutes.) Remove bread the oven and place on a wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and cool loaf on the wire rack.
  • Slice and serve. Cover and store leftovers at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Leftover slices taste delicious when warmed in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  • Make Ahead Instructions – Overnight: Prepare the dough through step 3. Place into a greased bowl as directed in step 4. Cover the dough tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator and allow the dough to fully rise for 1-2 more hours. Continue with step 5.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions:
  1. Overnight: Prepare the dough through step 3. Place into a greased bowl as directed in step 4. Cover the dough tightly and place in the refrigerator for up to 15 hours. Remove from the refrigerator and allow the dough to fully rise for 1-2 more hours. Continue with step 5. I don’t recommend shaping the bread the night before as it will puff up too much overnight.
  2. Freezing: Baked bread freezes wonderfully. Wrap the cooled loaf in plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw wrapped bread overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature, then warm to your liking. 
Buttermilk: Buttermilk provides the softest texture and unbeatable flavor. In a pinch, you can use whole milk instead. Lower fat or nondairy milks work in a pinch, but the bread won’t taste as moist or rich. 
Cheese: I recommend cheddar cheese in this recipe, but you can use another relatively harder cheese such as pepper jack, gouda, or colby cheese. Avoid very soft cheeses. For best taste and texture, shred cheese off the block yourself with a cheese grater. Pre-shredded cheese is drier than freshly shredded. If you have extra cheese, cut a few small squares to stuff inside the twisted bread, as noted in step 7.
Herbs in Topping: Use your favorite herb in the topping. If using dried, reduce to 1/2 teaspoon.
 
Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Sally McKenney

Sally McKenney is a professional food photographer, cookbook author, and baker. She has written, photographed, and published more than 1,000 from-scratch recipes and written three cookbooks. Her thorough step-by-step tutorials give millions of followers the knowledge and confidence to bake from scratch.

Review & Comments

Gina | Reply

5 stars
Awesome bread! My family raved about it and now, I can’t make enough! Thank you

Alejo S. | Reply

5 stars
Excellent! And I’ve watched enough British Baking Show to know how to do the twist. Can’t wait to make this again. Thanks for the terrific recipe.

Annie | Reply

4 stars
This was going really well until I got to the criss-crossing of the dough cut side down. WHAT?? All the stuff would have fallen out, no matter how tightly it was rolled. So I cut it most of the way through, twisted it to the best of my ability, then folded it in half lengthwise. I realize that the two ends without cheese will end up on the same side of the loaf, but I figured that would be better than having ALL the cheese end up on the kitchen counter. It still looks (and smells) like the finished result will be delightful. But that ‘cut side down’ bit? Nope, not gonna work.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Annie,
Thank you for your comments. I am hopeful that your bread turned out delicious! There is now a recipe video on this page that Sally made so you can watch her method of twisting the loaves. I hope you will find it helpful.
Happy baking!
Carol

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