Cheddar and Chiles Bread


After not doing a whole lot of bread baking over the summer I have come back in full force. I’ve been kneading up a storm, and this is one of my new favorite recipes. As you may have guessed from the Soft Cheese and Pepperoni Bread, I love cheese breads. Any kind of cheese, any shape – roll, loaf, bun – you name it and if it has cheese in it I will love it. I especially love sharp white cheddar, so it’s no surprise that this bread was calling my name. As soon as I saw the recipe it seemed like a perfect complement to a warm bowl of chili, and that’s exactly how I served it. Rich and tangy from the cheese with a subtle kick from the chiles, it’s a great bread to pair not only with chili, but any stews and hearty soups, as well as for sandwiches that you want to jazz up a bit.


This recipe comes from a new cookbook, Kneadlessly Simple, that I was given the opportunity to review. Like quite a few of the recent bread books on the market, it focuses on making bread baking simpler and more accessible to a greater number of people. It offers different techniques for letting the bread rise, which provides quite a bit of flexibility when baking given any time constraints you may have. I feel strongly about making as many things from scratch as possible to eliminate the amount of processed ingredients that I consume, so I’m really happy to see these books coming out, as they provide a great segue into bread baking for beginners.

It’s important to note that if you want to bake the bread using “regular” methods for a same-day bake, just make these simple adjustments to any of the recipes in the book:

  • Use warm water instead of ice cold water.
  • After mixing together ingredients, knead the dough until it is soft and elastic.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise 1-3 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • Once doubled, shape the dough as directed or place in loaf pan and let rise again until dough has grown to more than one and a half times its size or dough is about ½-inch above rim of loaf pan.
  • Bake as directed.


I’d love to encourage more homemade bread baking, so I’m giving away a copy of Kneadlessly Simple to one lucky reader, who will be selected at random. The guidelines:

Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2009 11:59pm EST

Required: Your email address. You must fill out the email address portion of the comment form (it will not be published) or I will not be able to contact you should you win.

How to Enter: It’s simple! Leave a comment on this post and answer the following question:

What is your favorite type of bread?


The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected using! Congratulations to commenter #84, Kelly, who said that her favorite type of bread is sourdough:

“I absolutely love sourdough bread!! A really fresh sourdough is the best…it’s a little bit tangy, crusty on the outside, and deliciously soft inside!!! Mmmmm I am now craving it…”

Congratulations, Kelly, I hope you enjoy the book!!

If you did not win the giveaway but are interested in kneadless bread recipes, ACH Foods and Fleischmann’s have created an eight-recipe book, The Bread Breakthrough. This compact cookbook introduces you to the simplicity of baking no-knead yeast breads – on your schedule. To purchase yours for $1, visit

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ACH Foods

Cheddar and Chiles Bread

Makes 1 9×5-inch loaf

1 9×5-inch loaf pan

3½ cups (17.5 ounces) unbleached white bread flour, plus more as needed
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon instant, fast-rising, or bread machine yeast
2 Tablespoons corn oil, canola oil, or other flavorless vegetable oil, plus extra for coating dough top and loaf pan
1-2/3 cups ice water, plus more if needed
8 ounces (3 lightly packed cups) coarsely grated very sharp cheddar cheese, preferably white cheddar
½ cup very well-drained and patted dry chopped canned green chiles

1. In a large bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. In another bowl or measuring cup, whisk the oil into the water. Thoroughly stir the mixture into the bowl with the flour, scraping down the sides until the ingredients are thoroughly blended. If the mixture is too dry to incorporate all the flour, a bit at a time, stir in just enough more ice water to blend the ingredients; don’t over-moisten, as the dough should be stiff. If necessary, stir in enough more flour to stiffen it. Brush to spray the top with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. If desired, for best flavor or for convenience, you can refrigerate the dough for 3 to 10 hours. Then let rise at room temperature for 15 to 20 hours. If convenient, stir the dough once partway through the rise.

2. Vigorously stir the dough, gradually sprinkling over and incorporating the cheese and chiles. Fold them in very thoroughly to ensure they are evenly distributed. If necessary, thoroughly stir in enough more flour to yield a very stiff dough. Using a well-oiled rubber spatula, fold the dough in towards the center, working all the way around the bowl. Invert the dough into a well-greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Evenly brush or spray the dough top with oil. Using well-oiled kitchen shears or a serrated knife, make a ¼-inch-deep slash lengthwise down the center of the loaf. Cover the pan with nonstick spray-coated plastic wrap.

3. For a 1½- to 2½-hour regular rise, let stand at warm temperature; for a 1- to 2-hour accelerated rise, let stand in a turned-off microwave along with 1 cup of boiling-hot water; or for an extended rise, refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours, then set out at room temperature. Continue the rise until the dough nears the plastic. Remove it and continue until the dough reaches ½ inch above the pan rim.

4. 15 minutes before baking time, place a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 425°F.

5. Reduce the heat to 400°F. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the top is nicely browned; cover the top with foil as needed. Continue baking for 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until a skewer inserted in the thickest part comes out with just a few particles clinging to the bottom (or until the center registers 204° to 206°F on an instant-read thermometer). Then bake for 5 minutes more to be sure the center is done. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out the loaf onto the rack; cool thoroughly.

6. Cool thoroughly before slicing or storing. Store air-tight in plastic or aluminum foil. The bread will keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, and may be frozen, airtight, for up to 2 months.

(From Kneadlessly Simple by Nancy Baggett)

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253 Responses to “Cheddar and Chiles Bread”

  1. Amanda K on November 18, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Sourdough bread!


  2. Eve on November 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    My favorite type of bread is pumpernickel. Yum!


  3. Jelli Bean on November 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I love making bread. Monday is my bread day and my absolute favorite so far is focaccia topped with fresh veggies, herbs, and a little cheese (type depends on mood.) thanks for the giveaway!


  4. Kaitlyn on November 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    My grandfather used to make bread once a month with a huge mixer that he got from an old bakery. He would make wheat and my favorite raisin bread. I’m also a sucker for Beer bread and Irish Soda bread!!


  5. Angela on November 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    My grandmother’s Cinnamon Swirl bread with Streusel Topping! Scrumdidlyumcious!!


  6. Rita on November 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite type of bread is banana bread!


  7. Suzy Q on November 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    While any warm, chewy bread is delicious, if I have to narrow it down, it has to be olive cheese bread.


  8. Dolce on November 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    This books looks like heaven! Bread is my new thing right now. I love country bread “boules” as I call them in French and I have to say although I am French, not a huge baguette fan. There are so many great breads to try out in the world! I have just tried a version of a no knead bread and loved it. I am actually researching similar recipes so I can compare and make a personal top 10!


  9. Adriana on November 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I love sweet yeast rolls


  10. karen on November 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I love sourdough!


  11. Angela on November 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    My all time favorite bread is Challah – preferably homemade.


  12. Diane on November 18, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Just learned how to make Brioche bread in class. It’s my favorite!


  13. heather on November 18, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Seeduction! Which I just made yesterday and blogged about today! Oh how I love fresh bread — AND my boyfriend loves to bake it possibly even more than me! Can’t hate that…




  14. Hollie on November 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I love Blueberry crunch bread. They sell it in the fresh section at Raley’s or Bel Air. Get there early because its always sold out by 10am!


  15. Amy Thompson on November 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    My favorite bread … that’s hard, I love so many! But there is one bread that I make on a daily basis. It is a simple white bread recipe, and I use coconut oil in it. The coconut oil doesn’t have a flavor but offers a great texture! My family loves it!


  16. Junglewife on November 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I love Hawaiian sweet bread. and the delicious white bread from Great Harvest Bread that I’ve never been able to duplicate at home. Hmm… I think I should go make some bread!


  17. Katie on November 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I love sourdough!!!!


  18. danielle on November 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    If i’m making it…marble rye! LOVE it! If I’m just eating it…can’t go wrong with sourdough!!


  19. Kim on November 18, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I love whole grain bread with flax seeds.


  20. Brandi on November 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    There’s a bread shop in town that has a Garden Herb bread. It’s is SOOOOO good. Like you, though, I also like any cheese bread. I’m hungry now…


  21. katklaw777 on November 18, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I love bagels and sourdough, so can I please have some sourdough bagels??? Great giveaway, thanks!


  22. Kristi on November 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Homemade Pizza Dough!!

    Great question and great giveaway! :)


  23. Lisa~~ on November 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I love a very yeasty white bread with a soft center and a crust that is so crunchy that you fear that it will tear your gums. Of course it needs to be warm and slathered with butter…yum!


  24. Pam on November 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I luv all bread, but gluten free is best….with lots of nuts and fruit!



  25. Steph on November 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    The crumb of that bread looks so good! My favourite type of bread is probally challah


  26. Michele Pineda on November 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I like jalapeno bread, beer bread and banana bread!


  27. Meaghen on November 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    i love cheese bread. and homemade white bread hot with jam…mmm.


  28. Amanda on November 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    How to pick a favorite bread?? But I love Honey Oat bread :)
    as well as Pumpernickel.. mmm


  29. Holly on November 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Warm homemade white or wheat bread with butter and homemade jam. Easy! Well, and really good sourdough too. This looks like a fabulous book. I’d love to win it!



  30. Hannah on November 18, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    If non-yeast breads count then basically any quick bread, but if it’s a yeast bread, I would say, any whole wheat bread is fabulous!


  31. Renae on November 18, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Cheddar beer bread…. so good with chili!


  32. Taylor on November 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    My favorite bread is moist banana bread with chocolate chips! YUM!


  33. Kate on November 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    my momma makes the best dinner rolls for holidays mmmmm


  34. kenita lynn on November 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I grew up in Northern California, and we ate a lot of sourdough bread, so it is one of my favorite kinds of bread. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh homemade bread. Yum!


  35. Holly on November 18, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I Love Cinnamon Raisin Bread.


  36. Theresa on November 18, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I love English muffin bread!


  37. gwyn on November 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm



  38. Brad on November 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Crust with a crunch, moist airy white center. My fav type of bread is fresh baked Italian. With lots of real butter of course.


  39. Katie on November 18, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I don’t think it is possible for me to choose my favorite type of bread. You see, I am still a young student of the baking arts. I am constantly running into new types of bread at local bakeries or in cookbooks. Books such as the “King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion Cookbook” have taught me a lot about the different ingredients, techniques and results of making bread. Bakeries such as “When Pigs Fly Bread Company” have introduced me to wild and unusual types of bread such as Mango-Pineapple-Raisin-Sesame-Ginger. However, no matter the recipe or flavor of “my favorite type of bread” it would have to give me that feeling that both my mouth and my stomach are smiling at the same time :)


  40. JenniferB on November 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I love banana bread


  41. baschwar on November 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Vermont cheddar bread is one of many favorites… Naan bread, peasant bread, bread and butter pudding… mmm!


  42. Heather on November 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I loooooooove cheesy beer bread! :)


  43. Debbie on November 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Foccacia is one of my favorites but sourdough is a close second!


  44. Beth on November 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    My favorite is cinnamon raisin bread, toasted, with some whipped butter. Yum.


  45. Mike on November 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Pumpernickel, of course. There’s no better bread for a sandwich.


  46. Brianna on November 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I love all breads, but my favorite is FRESH baguette from France; there is nothing like bread straight from the bakery in Paris! :)


  47. Eric on November 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I love Challah….


  48. Amanda on November 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I love bread so much, it’s hard to pick a favorite! If I had to, tonight it would be beer bread, but that can easily change by tomorrow.


  49. Brenda on November 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Warm sourdough!! No wimpy crust either…crackling and crunchy!!


  50. shorty on November 18, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I love ANY bread but right now I would say I love cheese bread. It does change regular though;) Thanks for the lovely site!!!


  51. Nathalie on November 18, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Love your site!

    Fav is focaccia!!!


  52. Diane on November 19, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I love banana bread with chocolate chips!


  53. Disha on November 19, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I have recently startd baking my own bread n i discovered I love fresh warm bread!! And a roasted garlic n cheese bread or foccacia! Oh yum! I also love cinnamon swirl bread!!


  54. Reagan Dakiniewich on November 19, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Multigrain bread is my favourite.


  55. jacquie on November 19, 2009 at 12:38 am

    pumpkin. though i just made an oatmeal, apple, walnut bread that was really very tasty …


  56. Ann on November 19, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Classic French bread is my favorite!


  57. jehan on November 19, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Rye bread


  58. The Purple Foodie on November 19, 2009 at 2:42 am

    What a great giveaway! My favourite bread would be a tie between a crusty rye bread and a olive tomato focaccia.


  59. nitzan on November 19, 2009 at 6:35 am

    I love the Pitta bread, especially with Hummus, Falafel and vegetables salad….


  60. Yael on November 19, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I could eat bread for first, main and last course at a meal! Nothing like a good baguette!


  61. Tasha on November 19, 2009 at 8:05 am

    My favorite would either be rye or a rustic multi grain.


  62. Crystal on November 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

    My favorite bread is warm sourdough.


  63. Eva on November 19, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Cinnamon raisin bread…topped with Nutella!!


  64. Christine on November 19, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Sourdough is my favorite!


  65. Laura on November 19, 2009 at 9:12 am



  66. amanda on November 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

    i love ALL bread. however, i especially love foccocia or any other rustic kind of bread! =)


  67. Crystal on November 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

    How can I possibly choose just one?? Erg, I guess I’ll go with Challah bread. I just recently discovered the yummy goodness that is Challah, and I can’t get enough!


  68. Jennifer on November 19, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Really any bread warm fresh out of the oven. I am not a very good bread maker- I try.


  69. Jan on November 19, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I just started making bread over the last year or so. I love bread, almost all bread, but I think my favorite right now is English Muffin bread.


  70. katie on November 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

    My favorite type of bread…any bread! :) I love bread, sourdough is great and I’d like to try making some bread using starters as it’s not something I’ve done before.
    I work in a daycare with Kindergarten children and we made bread (buns) yesterday without a recipe. warm water, yeast, a bit of sugar and salt, and enough flour and kneading to make a smooth elastic dough. The children loved it and learned so much!


  71. Cindy on November 19, 2009 at 10:27 am

    My favorite type of breads are the savory breads like the one in this post. I love most any type of bread grilled or toasted too!


  72. Quiltingdaisy on November 19, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Quick breads. Today it’s zucchini.


  73. Ashley on November 19, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Garlic Herb Monkey Bread…. sooooo yummy!


  74. Taryn on November 19, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I love LOVE baking bread, and my favorite recipe in the world to bake is kalamata olive and thyme. It takes forever to make, but it’s so worth it! I just happen to have some frozen Hatch green chiles – perfect for this bread. I can’t wait!


  75. Laura on November 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I love challah bread, especially for making french toast!


  76. Katie W. on November 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I used to work in a bakery during high school and it was heaven. My favorites among the kinds we made were cranberry spice, cheddar cheese, cinnamon swirl, sourdough, 9-grain. Oh my, I could go on and on and on. I love bread!


  77. Elizabeth on November 19, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Oh too many breads to choose from! My favorite would have to be fresh french bread! So warm and crusty on the outside and chewy and delicious on the inside. YUM!!!


  78. jan Sanderson on November 19, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Ohhh I love bread! My favorite would have to be sourdough asiago. YUM!


  79. Pat on November 19, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Oooey, gooey, cinnamon nut bread!


  80. Rachel on November 19, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I love dutch crunch bread, especially still warm!!


  81. Veronika Rojas on November 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I love Pan de Queso or Colombian Cheese Rolls.


  82. Chris Carlson on November 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I love sourdough bread right out of the oven and multi-grain bread. I am a novice bread baker but I can’t wait to try this recipe.


  83. Libby on November 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite is a simple, warm, homemade dinner roll!!


  84. Rachel H on November 19, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    If it’s homemade I love plain old white bread, but the storebought stuff is so overprocessed that it’s just not the same.


  85. polinium on November 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    To be honest, I just really love bread. I love homemade bread right out of the oven, it doesn’t matter if it’s wheat, sourdough, black rye or any other kind.


  86. LaSonya Reed on November 19, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Italian Bread. Love it in place of a basic white bread. Love your site. I also love any type of cheese bread. Going to try the cheddar and chiles.


  87. Lorie on November 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Italian bread!


  88. Melanie on November 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Anything really. but I love hearty grain breads or anything with cinnamon.


  89. Hannah on November 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    yummy hearty whole wheat ciabatta or olive fougasse! (and then there is banana bread, but that’s a whole different story!)


  90. Amy B on November 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite bread would have to be my challah!


  91. Tony on November 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Any type of bread really, as long as it is home made by Mom. Its not the cinnamon or the cheese, its the love thats my favourite…I know it sounds cheesy (he he), but it is the love that I love :D


  92. shoshana Ohriner on November 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Crusty whole wheat raisin and walnut bread. Yum, especially when spread with a triple cream cheese!


  93. Justine on November 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I love any bread with a nice thick crust (which I eat first) and a soft, elastic, chewy interior (which I eat last). Cheese is an added bonus!


  94. Kira on November 19, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    My favorite bread is sourdough.


  95. Rachel on November 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Sour dough or a crusty french loaf!


  96. mindy on November 19, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    marble rye thanks


  97. Kristen M. on November 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    My favorite bread is homemade pita topped with hummus.


  98. Mary on November 19, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Any bread that involves garlic, with a little olive oil and pepper to dip it in!


  99. Tania on November 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    My FAV bread is cinnamon swirl…definitely….


  100. Claire on November 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    asiago and cheddar buttermilk buscuits :) let me know if you want the recipe!


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