Cheese bread served hot right from the oven with a big bowl of soup will become one of your favorites.   This is an easy, quick recipe and the cheese bread is delicious.  Serve this cheese bread to your family and friends and it won’t last long.  One of my favorite quotes about bread:  “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts” —James Beard

Quick peppery cheese bread ingredients you will need

all-purpose flour

shredded sharp cheddar cheese or could use your favorite cheese


baking powder

baking soda

teaspoon salt

teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper




This bread goes great with a spring salad for a big bowl of chili or potato soup. It’s very versatile and a recipe you can enjoy year round. It’s super easy to make and wonderful right out of the oven. You can always switch out the cheddar cheese for asiago, mozzarella or any your family loves. We store this bread in the refrigerator. *Optional ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes. This bread is so good it does not even need butter on it!

This would go wonderful with our wilted lettuce salad!  

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Quick Peppery Cheese Bread

Judy Yeager
This is an easy quick recipe for cheese bread. It's delicious and great served with soup.
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course bread
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese or could use your favorite cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons or 1 stick melted
  • 2 eggs


  • In a large bowl combine flour, cheese, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. In a smaller bowl beat eggs, melted butter and buttermilk together with a whisk. Add to flour mixture and mix with a spoon just enough to wet all the ingredients.
  • Pour mixture into a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan that has just the bottom of the pan sprayed or greased. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan. Store in refrigerator. *


Optional ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes.
Keyword Cheese Bread
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  1. Tammy Harris says:

    This recipe was quick and easy and just yummy! I will definitely be making regular through out fall and winter. It is true that this does not NEED butter..but boy howdy it sure is good with butter. Thank you for sharing.5 stars

  2. Gonna make it tonight. What about adding fresh cut chives to the dough?

  3. Lisa Carnell says:

    Looks yummy!!! Going to definitely make this. Could self rising flour be used?5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think self-rising would work ok.

  4. Easy and delicious. I was wondering if I cut up little smokies and added it to the batter if you think it will turn out as good? Would I need to modify the recipe at all? Thank you.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      All I can tell you Julie is to try it. I would never have thought of adding them to this bread. Hope it works for you. I don’t think you need to modify the recipe.

  5. Karen Becker says:

    I do the exact same thing Faye. I have never bought buttermilk ever.

  6. Sharon Howa says:

    Have made this bread before, it’s so good!!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Sharon.

      1. I tried this bread today. I don’t know what I did wrong but it had no cheese flavor what so ever. Also,it didn’t brown on the top at all. I used sharp cheddars, it was pre shredded. It was in the oven on the middle rack. Can you shed some light on my disaster.

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        I don’t know Marcia. I have never had this problem. If you read the other comments I don’t see where any others had your problem either. You might try using some other cheese and add some spices and maybe brown the top under the broiler.

  7. Pat–I just left the pepper out and it turned out wonderfully! Such an easy & really delicious bread. Like someone commented–no butter required. Just a really good bread!!5 stars

  8. I just made this bread and I added 2 TBS diced jalapeno pepper to it and it was awesome. Definitely a keeper recipe.5 stars

    1. I bet a small can of drained green chilies would be good too.

  9. Lea McKinney says:

    Can this be made in the bread maker?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have never tried it in a bread maker, Lea.

  10. I generally have buttermilk on hand….I am a Ky girl and it is a staple in my house….but I also try to keep a container of real buttermilk powder at all times ! Works great

  11. Making this tonight! It is in the oven now! I’ll send you a picture when it’s done! 🙂

    Lynn ~ Southern With A Twist

  12. Lynda Lavery says:

    Could I make this bread with gluten free flour,would it work.
    I am intolerant to wheat and gluten

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t use gluten free flour.

  13. YES…yes…yes…this stuff is amazing! I made it with Split Pea Soup. Will put this in the never fail list!5 stars

  14. I made this earlier and just sliced into it..brilliant(i didnt fail at it) and tastes lovely,thank you from me here in the UK :O)5 stars

  15. Joy B in Southern Indiana says:

    Made this last night – so easy and delish! Making homemade potato soup to go with it tonight. Thanks for sharing your recipes! The photos can really make your mouth water! 🙂5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Joy!

  16. Dear Southern Lady….LOVE your recipes! It is because they are ‘down-home’ and comforting. I am wondering if you allow us to put our favorites (hard to choose!) in our folders on Pinterest?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Look at the bottom of each individual recipe and you will see a button to pin the recipes to Pinterest, Ruth. I am giving you a link to my boards on Pinterest, too. Would love to have you follow me and you can re-pin all the recipes from my site there as well. Happy Pinning!http://www.pinterest.com/jdyygr/boards/

  17. Very, very good, love your recipies…..:)5 stars

  18. Heidi Clark says:

    Linda, you could always do what I do. Just copy it on a recipe card by hand. I don’t have a printer, so I just do it the “old school” way 🙂

  19. Debbie Hamilton says:

    Can this be made ahead and frozen for later use thr the winter?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you can freeze it.

      1. Debbie Hamilton says:

        Thank you. I can’t wait to make and freeze it. It looks so delicious. 🙂

  20. My oven doesn’t work. Is it possible to cook this bread on a stove top? Maybe in a frying pan on low heat, with a covered lid? Please let me know. I would like to make it today..

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t think so, Sara.

      1. What about in a cast iron skillet?

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        You can try it but I don’t think it will work.

    2. i agree with Brenda! i do the same thing, fried cornbread. like making pancakes and my family loves it! im wondering if i added a bit of garlic how it would taste…. like garlic bread yumm!!

  21. It was good…basically like a biscuit bread. Would be great without the cheese, and with gravy on it for breakfast!

  22. I made this today, the hardest part was grinding the pepper…so easy and it is amazing.. I will be making lots of this, maybe trying some different types of cheeses in it.It is really good and so easy.5 stars

  23. Sorry, CROCKPOT not CRACKPOT!! ROFL!!

  24. patti brock says:

    so quick to put together. its in the oven now. we are having chicken noodle soup for dinner. this is going to be great together.

  25. Debbie Rogers says:

    Can you make this with plain milk instead of buttermilk?

    1. I have never tried it with plain milk. I feel like you could though. If you do make it with plain milk, let me know how it turns out.

  26. catht sartain says:

    Made the peppery cheese bread into muffins just to speed up supper.Served with veggie soup-Awesome! A keeper5 stars

  27. What size loaf pan did you use?

  28. Teresa williams says:

    This was sooooooo good ! And so easy to make . Thank you for this and all the other recipes you post all of them remind me of the country cooking I grew up eatting on my grandparents dairy farm in Minnesota .5 stars

  29. Tammy Walsh says:

    I made this tonight along with White Chicken Chili. It is really good. I did add a little garlic powder too…..will definately make more of it.5 stars

  30. Linda, Click on the name of a recipe, look at the bottom of the page and you will see “Print/pdf”. Click on that and you can remove the photo and any text you don’t want and print the recipe.

  31. my daughter in law made this for the first time last night and it was so good I’m sharing the recipe with all my friends!

  32. That bread looks so delicious! I love cheese, so I know I’ll love this!

  33. This bread looks really good and easy to make. Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this soon!

  34. Happy New Year Judy, thanks for this, I will be sure to try it!