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Olive & Onion Quick Bread

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Emily
    Aug 3, 2020

    This bread is delicious - very good flavors and on the hearty side. I left out the olives because I don't really enjoy them, but it was still quite good. I also used dried rosemary as I didn't have any fresh around. Glad that I remembered to adjust the ratios for dried vs. fresh though - putting in a lesser amount of dried rosemary kept the flavors in balance. Overall, this bread was tasty and very easy to make and not at all time-consuming.

  • Rasmua
    Sep 30, 2019

    Easy, quick, delicious, and a bit different. It’s definitely a savory bread so don’t expect a traditional sweet quick bread. I didn’t have fresh rosemary so I used a heaping tablespoon of dried instead, which I sautéed with the onion in order to release more flavor. I served it with butter but I think pepper jelly would be really good too and will try it next time.

  • B
    Aug 4, 2019

    I disagree with the other reviewer (sooper??). This is a delicious bread that I’ll make again and again. It’s got the right amount of rosemary, onion and cheese flavors that pair so well with the olives - yum!

  • bjsilve0
    Aug 4, 2016

    I really thought this was going to be sooper but the flavor was poor. :(