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Cheddar Loaves

Swirls of cheddar cheese give these loaves an exquisite flavor. Try a slice or two for sandwiches, toasted for breakfast or served on the side with a Caesar salad —Agnes Ward Stratford, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, eggs, butter, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead in cheese. Divide dough in half; shape each portion into a 6-in. round loaf. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Bake until golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 199 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.
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  • redcow
    Jan 14, 2021

    I only made half recipe and made 3 small loaves. Baked up nice. Guess I was expecting more cheese flavor. Ate some toasted and was good that way. Probably will not make again.

  • janice
    May 19, 2018

    I made this bread and we love it. The first time I did it I made it according to the recipe and it made 2 very large loaves. I made it again today and instead made 3 loaves. They look amazing. Can't wait to have some for dinner tonight. Making 3 loaves worked out wonderfully.

  • carolynstanek
    Jan 26, 2018

    The two loaves were very large.

  • Hallas
    May 25, 2017

    This is the most fantastic and fabulous recipe EVER!! I would definitely recommend this!!

  • shannondobos
    Mar 12, 2015

    This recipe is fantastic. Perfect density and just the right amount of cheddar. I was thinking this bread is also the perfect density to be a "dip" bread. Hollow out one loaf and fill with spinach dip, and cube up the other to use for dipping. The middle of the one loaf just never seems to be enough. I'll definitely try that for my next gathering!

  • katlaydee3
    Aug 15, 2014

    Nice cheddar flavor but somewhat dense texture. This was probably my own fault; I think I let the dough rise too high.

  • NinaH
    Aug 14, 2014

    This is one of our favorite go-to breads! My family likes to take day old, slice it in half lengthwise, spread pesto on it and add ham, cheese, spinach... wrap it in foil, bake for about 20 min, then devour, lol!!!

  • keverwann
    Mar 13, 2013

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  • emabey
    May 10, 2010

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  • Spiffy64
    May 10, 2010

    This is a really excellent bread. It is a light bread and very well liked. I have used just regualar medium cheddar cheese and it tastes just as good. I also bake it in loaf pans everytime.