Last week I did Seven Days of Soup, so I got to thinking that I should add something that goes nicely with soup. And is easy. And is yummy.
This Cheddar Cheese Bread is a quick bread, meaning it is made without yeast. As such, it’s more like a biscuit in loaf form, but it’s a quick and easy accompaniment to any soup. Use an old cheddar for added flavour and and orange cheddar to add some colour to the loaf. Serve warm with a bit of butter.
Cheddar Cheese Bread
Use an old, orange cheddar in this bread so the cheese is visible in the batter.
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. white sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 cup grated, old orange cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a loaf pan.
In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, heat the milk and butter in the microwave until the butter melts (about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes). Allow to cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Using a fork, beat the egg into the cooled milk mixture. Pour this egg/milk mixture into the flour mixture. Use a spatula to stir until the batter is just moistened. Don’t overmix. Gently stir in the grated cheddar just to combine.
Spoon the batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake about 45 minutes or until the loaf is puffed, cracked on the top and golden. Cool until warm. Loosen the bread from the pan with a dinner knife and tip out. Slice and serve warm.
Makes 1 loaf.