Apr 6, 2015

Cheddar Chive Bread

Cheddar Chive Bread  #TwelveLoaves

This cheddar chive bread is loaded, coated, and oozing with cheese. It's pretty much a pre-made grilled cheese sandwich in a slice of bread.

This recipe makes three 1 1/2 pound loaves of bread, but is easily scalable. If you decide to make all three loaves, just wrap the extra loaves in foil and then plastic wrap, and freeze them for up to 30 days.

This dough also makes amazing dinner rolls.

This bread is leavened with a sourdough starter as well as instant yeast. If you haven't tried making your own sourdough, you definitely need to try it. Don't be intimidated. If I can do it, you can too. If you don't have a starter, you can create a poolish with half flour, half water, and a tiny amount of yeast. Let that sit overnight as you would the starter.

Cheddar Chive Bread

This bread also includes corn flour, which adds a color and crunch, especially when the bread is toasted.

The chives actually came from a neglected pot hanging on our back fence. They seem to be fairly indestructible. I walk out there, cut off a handful, and they regenerate in a few days. Granted, I live in a temperate climate....

And then there's the cheese. There is a ton of cheese in this bread.

Cheddar Chive Bread  #TwelveLoaves

I used a combination of English style sharp white cheddar cheese, and extra sharp cheddar cheese. Just try to get all of this cheese to stay in the dough.

This bread is made completely by hand, no mixer required. It's very tasty.

This month, the #TwelveLoaves bread baking group is making breads with cheese. After the recipe, check out all of the links for my #TwelveLoaves pals' breads made with cheese.

Cheddar Chive Bread Recipe 

Makes three loaves. Recipe is adapted from Baking by Hand, an amazing book that teaches you how to make bread and pastries completely by hand... no mixer or food processor required. 



8 oz (240 ml) 75 degree F water
10 oz (280 g) bread flour
2 oz (40 ml) sourdough starter

Final Dough

2 pounds 1/2 ounce (1 kg) bread flour
4 oz (110 g) corn flour
8 oz (230 g) of the starter (there will be some left over to grow more for later)
21 1/2 oz (610 ml) 90 degree F water
2 oz (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
3 1/4 tsp (25 g) salt
1 1/4 tsp (5 g) instant yeast
10.5 oz (300 g) sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small squares
1 handful of chives, finely sliced


  1. The night before baking the bread, mix the final starter ingredients, cover, and let sit for about 12 hours. 
  2. On baking day, mix the bread and corn flour in a large bowl. 
  3. In another large bowl, mix the starter, water, and olive oil.
  4. Pour the flour mixture over the liquid mixture, and stir and mix with your hands for about a minute, making sure to get all of the flour wet. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot (about 80 degrees F) for 30 minutes. I placed mine in the microwave with to cups of boiled water sitting in the corners to create a warm spot. 
  5. Sprinkle the salt and yeast over the dough and begin mixing with your hands by folding the dough and pinching it with your fingers to incorporate the salt and yeast. As you work with the dough for about a minute, you should feel the dough coming together. 
  6. Add in the cheese and chives by stretching the dough out and folding in over itself, turning the bowl, and repeating several times. Cover with plastic wrap and return it to the warm spot for 30 minutes. 
  7. After 30 minutes, do a "stretch and fold" from all four sides of the bowl. The dough should begin to feel stronger as you do this. Repeat two more times, every 30 minutes. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes more, until puffy. 
  8. Divide your dough into three equal pieces of about 1 pound 10 ounces each. Shape them into loose balls, place them seam side down on the counter, and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 20 minutes. 
  9. Dust three bannetons or towel lined 9 inch bowls with corn flour. 
  10. Gently shape the dough one more time and place them seam side up in the prepared bannetons. 
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot to proof for about an hour.
  12. Preheat the oven (with a baking stone if you have one) to 450 degrees F. Place a pan on the lowest rack. Boil one cup of water. 
  13. Turn the loaves out onto a parchment lined peel or baking sheet. Place them in the oven, add the boiling water to the steam pan on the lowest rack. Cover your oven's window while you do this. Close the door.  Note: if your oven is too small for all three loaves, you can bake the loaves in shifts. 
  14. After 5 minutes, open the oven door and spray the walls of the oven with water. Quickly close the door. 
  15. Bake the loaves for another 25 minutes, until the interior of the bread reaches about 200 degrees F. 
  16. Cool on a wire rack. 
#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and runs smoothly with the help of Heather of girlichef, and the rest of our fabulous bakers. Our host this month is Robin from A Shaggy Dough Story, and our theme is CHEESE. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month's mouthwatering selection of #TwelveLoaves enter last month's Italian Breads!


  1. I couldn't wait to see what you made, Karen, and you never disappoint. I just want to reach out and grab that bread and eat the whole thing by myself. That crust alone is to die for. And so true about chives. Mine have been buried under snow all winter and they're still coming back.

    1. Amazing chives! Make me feel like I actually can garden =) Thanks so much for the great theme!

  2. Corn flour and cheddar: you rock girl :)
    I love your tasty bread.

  3. Oh heavens this this looks amazing. My husband and I would just love this. I just received a new starter from a friend and now I know what I have to try!

    1. How exciting! Your friend would be so proud!

  4. Holy moly that's a gorgeous loaf! Mine flopped, so I didn't post, but I had to come check out the breads. Yours looks amazing.

    1. I'm so sorry! That has happened to me too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. I'm in awe... any homes for sale, like, right next door?

    1. Lol Cathy. I'd love to have you as my neighbor!

  6. As usual, Karen, another gorgeous loaf!! Pinning!

  7. Karen, the email notification for this new blog post lacked a warning: SEVERE DROOL INDUCING POST AHEAD

    almost too much to stand, I want half of this loaf, and I want it RIGHT NOW!

  8. I'm for any bread that can be described as a pre-made grilled cheese sandwich in a slice. The addition of chive sounds perfect. I have to try this very, very soon!

    1. Thanks Miranda! I'm pretty sure you will love it =)

  9. YUM!!! That cheese looks incredible and what a sandwich this bread would make.

  10. This looks nothing short of magical. That big pillow studded with cheese and chives made a little whimper escape - NEED.


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