I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Super-Quick Smoky Cheddar Loaf

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Enjoying a warm loaf of freshly baked bread right out of the oven is truly one of life’s sweet pleasures.  But if time and patience are short, try this quickie. You will truly impress your family and friends, or just treat yourself, when you mix up this quick, cheesy loaf of fresh bread for dinner.

If you’d like, substitute your favorite flavor for the paprika, including fresh chopped herbs.

Super-Quick Smoky Cheddar Loaf

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoons smoked paprika

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

¾ cup whole plain yogurt

Coarse or sea salt to sprinkle

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Lightly spray a baking sheet.

Put the flour, baking soda, salt and paprika in a large bowl and mix together with a fork.  Toss in the cheddar cheese and mix to combine.  Add the yogurt and stir to combine.  With lightly floured hand, knead the dough a few times (you can just do this in the bowl, or turn out onto a lightly floured surface).

Form the dough into a small round and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.  Pat the dough into an 8-inch round and sprinkle the top with coarse or sea salt.

Bake the loaf for 15 – 20 minutes until lightly golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Remove to a wire rack to cool.

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2 comments to Super-Quick Smoky Cheddar Loaf

  • This looks so beautiful and delicious; I’ve been taking food by for a friend who is ill and this is exactly the thing I want to make next. I’ve been thing “fresh warm homemade bread”, but not getting around to it. I can do this!

  • Reliable

    I am not much of a baker, but this is one of the best things I have ever made – must bake!!! Great replacement for the old cornbread standby. Many thanks.

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