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Contest-Winning Peppery Cheese Bread Recipe

Contest-Winning Peppery Cheese Bread Recipe

"This is my daughter, Kendra's, favorite savory quick bread. When the warm, moist bread hits your palate, it's just heavenly! This bread never lasts long in our house." Sharon Boren Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, oil, milk and mustard. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cheese and onions.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 183 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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ahmom User ID: 3426126 166001
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I cut this in 2, made into small biscuits"

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 180077
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"This bread was easy to make and very good. I used sour cream instead of plain yogurt since that is all I had. This had great flavor."

grammadebby User ID: 1015752 111497
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"My family loved this bread the one time I made it. I did not have yogurt on hand so I substituded sour cream. It was so moist and delicious, I may just use sour cream when I make it again, soon! I also used sharp cheddar cheese. I would never call this bread bland."

enassar User ID: 351746 182877
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"I thought this recipe looked familiar. I've been making this bread since it appeared in a BH&G bread recipe booklet years ago. Same exact recipe word-for-word. I thought TOH recipes were supposed to be at least somewhat original. I'm very disappointed in the plagiarism."

pack1966 User ID: 1417361 179896
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Today, I'm baking this bread AGAIN. Serving it w/ clam chowder. I'm not much of a baker, but this recipe is both easy and incredibly tasty. I'm so glad to have found it."

howdu User ID: 1170706 165999
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"sorry, forgot the stars"

howdu User ID: 1170706 178727
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"My whole family liked this bread. It's also very good toasted for breakfast! I didn't have any yogurt, so I subbed low fat sour cream. It worked fine. The bread was tender and moist. I do recommend using sharp cheddar cheese. Next time I plan to make the batter into biscuits--the taste and texture reminded me of Red Lobster's garlic cheese biscuits. With just a few tweaks, bake and brush the tops with melted butter and garlic powder: yum!"

dmarie1110 User ID: 3307835 182876
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"I have been making this bread since I first saw the recipe in Better Homes and Gardens in 1997. It's been a mainstay of my Easter table (I make it all year long as well) since then."

twodots User ID: 3323335 179002
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"This bread is wonderful with soup or stew. I would not change a thing."

ladybug810 User ID: 791745 104215
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"I've made this bread countless times since it appeared in the Feb/Mar '09 issue. Unlike some other reviewers, I have always had moist, flavorful results. I love this bread!! With all due respect to other viewers, with mustard, pepper, cheese and green onion, how can this not be flavorful? It is best eaten (and the most moist) right after it's had a chance to cool slightly, but is still delicious for the next few days. This recipe is a keeper, and it's made often at my house."

thefannings User ID: 3642659 180076
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"I have never written a recipe review before now but am compelled to write because I'm baffled this was a Grand Prize winner! This was so bland and dry. My husband, who never complains about my cooking, said to throw out the remainder of the bread. Sorry."

sarabault User ID: 1168905 111496
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"Made into biscuits and they were great. Use a sharp cheese, the sharper the better flavor (quality counts in this recipe)."

cassieconrad User ID: 3750652 96380
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009

"I think that this bread is very bland and tasteless.


chilipepper99 User ID: 1480708 96377
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2009

"Loved the bread. Maybe the reason "redcow" didn't care for it as much is because she didn't use the green onions. Probably makes all the difference.


redcow User ID: 47124 179859
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009

" I made this bread this morning before church.  Since I didn't have green onions, I minced some sweet onion as a substitution.  My daughter and I thought it needed some more "spice".  Other than the strong pepper flaver, it was rather tasteless.  Maybe another time, I will dice up some of my pickled hot peppers to add to the batter.

tippytoes User ID: 481340 165993
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009

"I was just looking through my new TOH magazine and this recipe jumped out at me. I think the whole issue is loaded with top-notch recipes this time and this bread recipe is first on my list.

Keep up the great work!

pack1966 User ID: 1417361 165991
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009

"Oh Gracious! I just made this bread (02-01-09, 3 p.m.) and ate a slice as soon as it was only slightly cool. It is DELICIOUS!!! I'm not much of a baker, never had much success, but this recipe is a KEEPER. My plan was to have bread for lunch sandwiches next week, but I may need to make another loaf this evening to serve w/ suppers next week. I am not used to bread successes, lol."

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