Olive & Onion Quick Bread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


1 loaf (12 pieces)

Updated: Nov. 24, 2022
I’ve been baking for over 50 years and I never get tired of trying new recipes for my family, friends and co-workers. Baking actually relaxes me. I feel like an artist creating a masterpiece of love. This savory loaf makes a great gift. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, PA
Olive & Onion Quick Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup each chopped pitted green and ripe olives


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, rosemary, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and melted butter until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in 1/4 cup cheese, olives and onion.
  3. Transfer to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake 40 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 5-10 minutes longer. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 150 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 373mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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