Baking from scratch really can be quick and easy!!! Easy you say? Absolutely! Boring? Not a chance!
The Daring Bakers‘ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and make new flavor profiles.
The only rules for this Daring Bakers challenge is that the bread would contain no yeast and take no longer than an hour and a half to prepare. While Lisa offered a great base recipe and some wonderful suggestions, this time we were allowed to make any quick bread that we wanted. So I decided to share one of my favorites…..
Don’t let the cherries fool you! This is a deliciously savory bread!
Though this quick bread is full of cheddar and dried cherries…..it is amazingly light and really flavorful. Here’s what you do to toss this together…..
Yields: 1 loaf
Level of Difficulty: Easy
CHEDDAR AND CHERRY QUICK BREAD:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 8 ounces of finely grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon of freshly cracked pepper
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 of a cup of vegetable oil
- 6 ounces of dried cherries
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Place the dried cherries in a small bowl and fill with enough hot water to just cover. Let it sit for 10 minutes to plump them up and then drain.
Place the flour, cheddar, baking powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir to blend. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and oil. Add the dried cherries. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
Spoon the dough into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the top with a little freshly cracked black pepper and toss a few cherries on the top. Bake for 40 minutes. Pull out the pan, sprinkle with a handful of shredded cheddar and continue to bake an additional 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the top is lightly browned.
Because of the amount of cheese and cherries in this quick bread, there is really no need to spread anything on top. A slice of ham for an open faced sandwich is nice. And it’s so moist, you don’t really need any butter, unless you are toasting this the next day. And believe it or not….this makes a fabulous french toast or monte cristo sandwich!
I hope you enjoy this quick, easy and scrumptious cheddar and cherry bread as much as I did!
Recipe adapted from Savory Baking.