Baking bread can be a daunting task even to the well-seasoned baker. First, you bloom the yeast and then carefully mix and knead and proof and shape and well, do a lot of waiting! But you don’t necessarily have to spend a whole day tending to a sticky dough ball and that is the beauty of quickbreads! Plus, they permeate your kitchen with the heavenly scent of bread baking just as well as an artisan loaf would. 45 minutes from raw dough to fluffy, golden, cheesy bread in your mouth, you can’t beat that.
Now that is has become full on soup season this bread recipe is the perfect thing to have in your back pocket when you need that perfect delectable thing to soak into your bowl of liquid goodness! Or, ya know, just toast it and slather it with butter 🙂
Buttermilk, Cheddar and Herb Quickbread
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 cup mixed fresh herbs, I chose to use a combination of rosemary, sage and oregano, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, lightly chopped
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, like Wegman’s Farmhouse Cheddar, grated
- 1/2 cup smoked cheddar, grated
- 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
- 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- coarse salt, for sprinkling
Note: In addition to sprinkling the top of the loaf with coarse salt, you can also reserve about a tablespoon of the herbs to sprinkle on top as well, if you choose!
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and soda, salt, pepper, dry mustard, your herbs and grated cheeses and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs and olive oil until thoroughly combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to just combine. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with salt and herbs.
Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, making sure that a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean and the loaf has risen and reached golden brown deliciousness. Remove from the oven and allow to stay in pan for about five minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!
Happy baking, y’all! Cheers!