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cheddar jalapeno bread
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Cheddar Jalapeño Bread

Cheesy Cheddar Jalapeño Bread can be made by hand, in the bread machine, or in a dutch oven. It's spicy, flavorful, and delicious! Use it as a toasting bread, for snacking, and in a variety of other ways.
Prep Time1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese bread, dinner bread recipes, holiday bread recipes
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Kristina

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon better cheddar powder (optional, but encouraged)
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon active dry or instant yeast
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced into circles

Instructions

Bread Machine Method

  • Heat the water in the microwave until it's about 115°F. Add the yogurt and stir until smooth.
  • Put all ingredients except the cheddar cheese and jalapeńos into the pan in the order listed (or in the order your brand recommends if you don't have a Cuisinart). Choose the basic white bread setting and a 1.5lb loaf size. Select your preferred crust color.
  • When the mix-in chime signals, add in the cheese and the 2 jalapeños.
  • At the end of the last rise, top with the jalapeńo slices and a little extra cheddar cheese. Remove the bread from the pan when done baking and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

Bread Machine Dough Cycle

  • Heat the water in the microwave until it's about 115°F. Add the yogurt and stir until smooth. In the order your bread machine requires, add all ingredients but the cheddar cheese and jalapeños. Set to the dough function and press start.
  • When the mix-in sound beeps, add the cheese and jalapeños.
  • When cycle completes, remove dough and reshape into a ball. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350° F. When the dough is done resting, transfer to a baking sheet, slice an X in the top and sprinkle with additional cheddar cheese and jalapeño slices. Bake for 35 minutes, then cool for 30 minutes.

By Hand Method

  • Heat the water in the microwave until it's about 115°F. Add the yogurt and stir until smooth.
  • In a stand mixer, combine flour, salt, sugar, cheese, cheddar seasoning and yeast. Add the yogurt mixture and mix on the low setting using the dough hook until a smooth ball has formed. The dough will be sticky.
  • Add the chopped jalapeños. Turn the speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Remove dough from the mixer and put in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a heavy cloth, and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  • Knead a few more times, then shape into a smooth circle or rectangle. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 350°F. Then slice an X into the top of the dough and sprinkle with extra cheddar cheese and jalapeño slices.
  • Bake for 35 minutes and let cool for 30 more before slicing. Alternatively, bake in the dutch oven using the method below.

Dutch Oven Method

  • Follow the instructions for either making the dough by hand or in the bread machine but skip the baking steps. When the dough has completed its last rise, spray a piece of parchment paper big enough to fit in your dutch oven with oil and dust with flour.
  • Transfer the dough to the parchment paper, reshape into a ball, cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes. While dough is resting, preheat the oven to 450° F with the dutch oven inside.
  • When the dough has completed the 30 minute rest, place it carefully into the hot dutch oven, keeping it on the parchment paper. Slice an X in the top and sprinkle with additional cheddar cheese and jalapeño slices. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove lid and bake another 20 minutes.
  • Lift the bread out of the dutch oven using the parchment paper and let cool for 30 minutes.

Air Fryer Method

  • Make the dough according to the bread machine or by hand instructions.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F. Put the dough into a loaf pan or on parchment paper and top with extra cheese and jalapeño slices.
  • Air fry for 20 minutes. The internal temperature will be 200 when the bread is done. Alternatively, tap the top and if it sounds hollow, it should be cooked through. Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Bread will sound hollow when tapped if it has baked fully through.
Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before packaging to store.
Store in a cool dark place, such as a bread box or cloth bread bag. It will stay fresh for up to three days.
To freeze, wrap tightly in plastic or place in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 6 months.
To prevent bread from going stale quickly, do not store it in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg