Don’t you just love cheese bread? I do – well, actually, I usually love the IDEA of cheese bread more than the bread itself. How could anything that combines two my favourite ingredients not be a good thing? Well, unfortunately many so-called “cheese breads” are nothing more than a dry bread with barely a smattering of cheese. Is flavourful cheese bread even possible? Yes, my friends, it is – and here’s how you do it.
Line a loaf pan with some parchment paper, unless you have more faith in your baking pans than I do in mine. Sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese in the bottom of the pan. You will note that this parmesan does not come out of a green and white can – there is good reason for this. Please, for the love of good cheese bread everywhere, if you absolutely refuse to shell out and buy a wedge of the good stuff, just skip this step. We’re making CHEESE bread, remember?!?!
In a large bowl, whisk together some flour, baking powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Mix in some cubed extra-sharp cheddar cheese and stir it around until the cheese is coated with the flour. Why not shredded cheese, I hear you ask? Well, shredded cheese will get lost in this bread. We want our cheese bread to actually taste like cheese after all! As an added bonus, cubing cheese is easier than shredding…unless you buy the pre-shredded stuff, but that’s a whole other post.
In a separate bowl, whisk together some milk, melted butter, an egg, and sour cream. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones until just combined. I told you this was easy!
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and then sprinkle some more parmesan on top for good measure.
Bake until the bread is golden brown…45-50 mins @ 350. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, and then remove from the pan and allow to cool on the wire rack for about 45 minutes if you can handle it. The texture of the bread will improve if you let it cool for a bit, so try to resist the incredible temptation of cutting this bread when its piping hot.
Et voila! Cheese bread with luscious, cheesy pockets of goodness…yummmmmmmmmmm. AND it only took you a few minutes – if this isn’t a good thing, I don’t know what is.