Cheddar and parmesan cheeses with bits of scallions, this savory cheese loaf bread will have you wanting slices after slices. It is ultimately cheesy!
(This recipe is originally posted on August 2019, and updated on October 31, 2022 to address the raw middle dough issue)
I originally intended to make a different bread than the Cheese Loaf Bread that you are looking at now. I was planning on making a keso loaf which I saw on an Asian supermarket. It looked like a regular a sandwich loaf, maybe with bits of cheese in the dough, but definitely no cheese on top.
When I started to develop the recipe I thought, why make a sandwich loaf with bits of non-visible cheese when I can actually make a braided loaf that is filled with loads of cheese?
Parmesan and cheddar cheese plus some scallions mixed in proved to be a winner-combo in a braided loaf. Once baked, the cheeses crisp up beautifully on top. The garlic powder gives the bread a tasty savory edge.
And the bread of course! The dough recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction and it is fantastic. It requires one rise only (great for yeast beginners) and yields a soft bread that is versatile for anything that you want to make.
It turns into this delicious cheese loaf. The flavor, the texture and the looks of it make my heart swell with joy.
How to Make Cheese Loaf Bread?
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and active dry yeast. Whisk well.
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter, milk and water until the butter melts. The temperature of the mixture should be between 110-115 F. Reheat in the microwave to achieve that temperature if needed.
Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Stir it using a wooden spoon until incorporated. Add the egg and stir.
Add some of the reserved flour gradually while stirring until the mixture turns into a soft dough that gathers in the center of the bowl. After that, stop adding the flour. You may not need all of it.
Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead it until it is smooth and elastic. If you would like to test, pull out a piece of dough and stretch it out using your fingers. You should be able to form a translucent film in the center. Let the dough rest for ten minutes in a bowl, covered.
Are you a yeast beginner? Check out my How to Knead Bread Dough with Video post.
Starting on the long edge, roll the dough into a tight log. Using a sharp knife, slice the log in half vertically, starting about an inch below the upper edge, leaving the top edge uncut. Gently rotate the divided logs so that the cut side is facing up.
Begin braiding the dough by placing one side over the other, repeating the braiding pattern until you reach the end of the log. Gently lift the braided dough and place it inside a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
To let the dough rise, loosely cover it with a clean kitchen towel and allow it to rise for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until it doubles in bulk.
Bake time! Position a rack one level below the middle position in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 F. Once the oven reaches 350 F, place the loaf pan on the prepared rack.
Bake the loaf for 43-46 minutes or until the top is deeply golden. Loosely cover the loaf with foil at the 25-minute mark. Serve this warm and enjoy every cheesy slice!
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Cheese Loaf Bread
- 2 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour plus 1/4 cup reserved
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 3 tbsp butter or 43 grams
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 large egg
For the Filling
- 4 stalks scallions/ green onion chopped
- 1 cup cheddar cheese grated/shredded
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and active dry yeast. Whisk well.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter, milk and water until the butter melts. The temperature of the mixture should be between 110-115 F. Re-heat in the microwave when necessary.
- Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Stir the mixture using a wooden spoon until incorporated. Add the egg and stir. Add some of the reserved flour gradually while stirring until the mixture turns into a soft dough that gathers in the center of the bowl. You may not need all the flour.
- Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead for 6-12 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Let the dough rest for ten minutes in a bowl, covered.
- Roll the dough using a rolling pin into a 14x10 inch rectangle. Sprinkle garlic powder all over the dough. Sprinkle the cheeses and the scallions. Starting on the long edge, roll the dough into a tight log. Using a sharp knife, slice the log in half vertically, starting about an inch below the upper edge, leaving the top edge uncut. Gently rotate the divided logs so that the cut side is facing up.
- Begin braiding the dough by placing one side over the other, repeating the braiding pattern until you reach the end of the log. Gently lift the braided dough and place it inside a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- Let the shaped dough rise for 1 ½ hours, covered with a clean towel. The braided dough should be soft and puffy.
- Position a rack one level lower than the middle position in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 F. Once the oven reaches 350 F, place the loaf pan in the prepared rack. Bake the loaf for 43-46 minutes, lossely covering the loaf with foil at the 25 minute mark. The top is nicely golden and a thermometer inserted at the center of teh loaf should read 200 F. Let the loaf cool on a wire rack completely.
- Store leftovers in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- To serve, re-heat for a few seconds n the microwave.
- Dough recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.
Hello! Can this be made ahead of time and baked before serving? Would you just put it in the fridge after the last rise?
Hi Sarah! Yes you can make this for up to a day ahead. After shaping, wrap it well in plastic film and refrigerate. This way, you allow it to slow rise in the fridge. Allow it to come to room temperature and to complete its rise on the day of baking. I hope you enjoy this!
I really liked your old recipe of cooking the bread , I think you had it rising in the oven at a lower temperature instead of letting it poof on the bench top – can you remind me of your old recipe as it worked a lot better for me
Hello Julia. After you shaped the loaf, preheat the oven to 200 F. Once it reached the temp, turn it off and put the loaf inside for 30-40 minutes or so, until it has doubled in size. Then bake as usual at 350 F. Good luck!:)
This is really good. The only thing I changed was I used only 1 tablespoon of sugar. The green onion on the outside is nice and crispy with great flavor. I can’t wait to have this for toast in the morning. I’m thinking just put under the broiler. I will definitely make this again!
Thanks a lot, Josephine! I am happy you loved it~
I just made the bread and it went according to plan up until the cut through the center. It just fell apart the filling emptied out into my board. I just tried my best to restuff it and twist it…got it into the pan covered it and I’m hoping for SOMETHING. Any suggestions or idea why the mess? I want to do it again as it looks so delicious and my family chose this as their next best bread ♀️
Hi Robyn! I am sorry you had trouble. An extent of the filling does fall out, but to prevent a lot from falling out, I just try to be very gentle and also to press the filling into the dough before rolling it. I hope that helps!
I’m the blog portion it says to preheat oven to 200 and let it rise that way. In the recipe portion it says just cover with towel. Why two different methods? Which is better? Also, excited to try it!!
Hi Jess! Just let the dough rise at room temperature, covered with a clean towel for 1 ½ hours. Good luck and I hope you enjoy this!