Cheddar Quick Bread with Cherries

Baking from scratch really can be quick and easy!!!  Easy you say?  Absolutely!  Boring?  Not a chance!

Cheddar Quick Bread with Cherries | From My Sweet Heart

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 prepareWhile 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!


Cheddar Quick Bread with Cherries | From My Sweet Heart

Though this quick bread is full of cheddar and dried cherries… is amazingly light and really flavorful.  Here’s what you do to toss this together…..


Yields:  1 loaf

Level of Difficulty:  Easy



  • 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


Cheddar Quick Bread with Cherries | From My Sweet Heart

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!


Cheddar Quick Bread with Cherries | From My Sweet Heart

I hope you enjoy this quick, easy and scrumptious cheddar and cherry bread as much as I did!



Recipe adapted from Savory Baking.


  1. says

    Wow and you really surprised me those cherries. I am so curious what the flavor profile will be with the cheddar. I bet it tasted wonderful because… well… you made it so duh… it has too to be delicious. :) I am so glad you are having fun in the kitchen again… this looks like a lot of fun. Well done. Have a great week!! ~ Ramona :)

    • Anne says

      Thanks Ramona! Now all I need to do is figure out a way to incorporate your fabulous Mango Tango sauce into my baking! ; -)

  2. says

    This one is very creative Anne! I like that you went with this unique flavor blend and the bread looks amazing. It is so unique that I have saved the recipe to satisfy my curiosity on the taste. Glad you are enjoying the Daring Bakers Challenge!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Tina…..and you should join the Daring Bakers. You are one of the best, most creative bakers I know! Just look at your Amber Tweed cake! : )

  3. says

    OK, this rocks. I am imagining so many ways to have this. Cherries don’t often get lots of love this time of year and especially in a quick bread, and with cheese. Kudos to your girlfriend. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Sandra….but I had to use dried cherries! I still love them. But right now, I’d rather have a piece of your Strawberry Cheesecake! : )

    • Anne says

      Hey Jen….funny, but these cherries really fit into this savory bread! Your Pasta e Fagioli looks fabulous! : )

  4. says

    Cheddar and cherries! I would have never thought to pair them but I bet it’s absolutely delicious. The bread looks incredibly moist. Beautiful, Anne!!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Cassie….I know cheddar and cherries seem odd together….but they work! Love the combo of flavors going on in your Chicken with feta, tomatoes and olives! What a beautiful dish! : )

  5. says

    Oh wow, that flavour combination looks fantastic! I love cheese and fruit together, so this is totally right up my alley… in fact, I could totally use a slice right about now for a midafternoon snack. Too bad I can’t just reach through my screen and grab some! :)

    • Anne says

      Isabelle….If I could I’d reach through and pass you a slice….in return for one of your fabulous salads! : )

  6. says

    Anne, this looks absolutely amazing. I love the combination of flavors here. This is going to the top of my “must make this right now before I drool everywhere and end up committed ” list.

  7. says

    I love apples and cheddar, but I’ve never had cherries and cheese and certainly not in a bread! It looks delicious and this has got to be one of the most beautiful quick breads I’ve ever seen! I’ve just added extra sharp cheese to my grocery list. I already had the cherries. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  8. says

    OMG this sounds and looks incredible and with cherries in it to boot! I know this tastes sensational. I can smell it baking in the oven. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Kelly….it’s tart and savory…..and just rich enough that you can’t eat the whole loaf in one sitting! : – )

    • Anne says

      Thanks so much! But I bet your family will love your mini frittatas! And thanks for always offering us great recipes and great photo tips on your beautiful blog! : )

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