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If you decide to make just one of my recipes, I highly recommend you make this bread.  It requires only minimal ingredients and effort, but still tastes like a million bucks.  You can make your own pizza dough if you have the time, but I made this recipe as part of my Mother’s Day Menu on a day when I was seriously pressed for time…and it came out perfectly.  My hubby who was born and raised with Arabic bread (and normally isn’t tempted by baguettes, country breads, or fresh, yeasty loaves of any kind) said that this was the best bread he ever had.  I kid you not, he actually said that.  And I have to say, I think I agree.

Easy Cheddar-Studded Bread

(Yield:  1 loaf)

28 oz store-bought pizza dough (or homemade if you have the time)

4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

A light dusting of flour (for kneading)

1 egg beaten with 2 tsp water (for eggwash)

Butter (to grease the pan and for serving)

9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan

Let the dough sit at room temperature in the package you bought it in for 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the weather – the hotter it is, the less time the dough needs to sit out). 

Preheat the oven to 375F and butter the loaf pan.  Flour your hands and sprinkle a light dusting of flour on your kneading surface.  Turn the dough out of its package and work it out with your fingers so it is about 10 inches in diameter.  Sprinkle the cheese on top and knead about 10 times, or just until the cheese is incorporated. 

Transfer the dough to the prepared loaf pan (seam side down), and lightly cover it with plastic wrap; let it rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.  Lightly brush the top of the dough with eggwash (you will not use all the eggwash).  Bake for about 40-50 minutes, until the crust is golden and the bread sounds hollow when tapped. 

Let the bread cool on a wire rack before slicing.

That bread is a tough act to follow but this drink is pretty, refreshing, and delicious in its own right.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful meal.  Or the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon.

Peach-Strawberry Fizz

(Yield:  2 servings)

1 liter sparkling water

A couple of splashes of peach nectar (I used Goya)

A handful of strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced

Pour a splash of peach juice into the bottom of 2 glasses.  Pour in enough sparkling water to fill the glass.  Float the strawberry slices on top.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I’m such a sucker for homemade bread. This is just to easy to past up.

  2. Your strawberry drinks look so unbelievably refreshing – jealous much?! I love what a snap the bread is, looks gorgeous.

  3. Wow, the bread looks so yummy! I have been wanting to bake some bread like that for a while.. Yum!

  4. This is a gorgeous bread! With a little butter, yummy! Nice drink too.



  5. I couldn’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love this bread. Those cheddar cheese polka dots throughout the loaf are so tempting. Lovely strawberry drinky too. xo

  6. My husband has been searching high and low for a cheddar bread after we left our favorite bakery in Cambridge. I’m definitely going to show this one to him. Love it, Faith! :D

  7. That bread looks really delicious. When I get back into the swing of things, I will try to make it… things are so ridiculously busy right now!

  8. Both your recipes look amazing, but with a recommendation like that, I have GOT to try this bread! Looks yummy; thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. I don’t know which I want first, but since you so highly recommend the bread… :) YUM!

  10. All those melted cheese makes the bread really special and looks very delicious. I wish I get to taste it. With that refreshing drink, it just makes me feel like it’s summer :D

  11. I can easily see my family and I scarfing up that bread and my kiddos would love that drink. They would feel so grown up..hee-hee.

    btw, I’m sorry I’ve been mia.

  12. Yum! I can see so many exciting possibilities with this bread! (I have one in mind right this second-hope I don’t forget!)
    Oh and the drink is lovely! I have some peach nectar from Goya in my pantry too and thought of making a pudding, now I will just make this drink et voila!

  13. how can you not love a bread bedecked with splotches of cheese?
    incidentally, i’ll bet it tastes a lot better than a million bucks–the latter would be gummy and papery, wouldn’t you say? :)

  14. Heavenly Housewife says:

    What a delicious looking bread, pass the butter daaaahling!
    *kisses* HH

  15. This bread looks so good! Another amazing Faith creation!

    I just bought fresh NJ strawberries which would be perfect in a Peach-Strawberry Fizz – great idea!

  16. This bread looks amazing!!Nice picture. I am going to make your bread.

  17. That bread has left me speechless! WOW. How can sonething so divine looking be so easy to make???

  18. I think I can make the bread. I always shy away from making baked goods but, I think I can handle this cheddar studded bread. I can buy pizza dough! The strawberry fizz sounds and looks very refreshing….I would be tempted to add vodka :-)

    Great post.

  19. Veronica M. says:

    Woo-hoo! Thanks for the great bread idea. I like the drink too but rarely drink my calories–I’d rather fill up on the bread! :)

  20. What a delicious bread! And so convenient too making it with pizza dough. The drink is lovely! And so refreshing for a hot day.

  21. What a great quick treat… I would probably go for sparkling wine and not water but… the idea is lovely and that bread looks perfect.. It must be spectacular toasted… is butter too much on such a great bread??

  22. Those cheese swirls are just so perfectly placed Faith! I can imagine that this would go down a treat with a lovely meal (or even in a fantastic sandwich!)

  23. I like the bread. The fact that it can jazz up the premade dough is a BONUS! I need recipes like this on hand. No time lately!

  24. I love the presentation of the drink. Like a sakura. :)

  25. how much would i love to have some of that bread?!? And i don’t even like cheese!!! You should consider opening up a restaurant of your own!

  26. I’m pretty sure that “wow” is all I can say to that bread. It looks dreamy. I am definitely bookmarking it!

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