Cheddar Cheese Loaves (No Yeast and Easy)!

 

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I came across this recipe in an insert of Rachael Ray’s magazine.  Only six ingredients and you look like a rockstar!  I usually bake breads with yeast but thought I’d give it a try.  It was as simple as a quick bread with the taste of something more.  Also, it makes two loaves so I ended up freezing some slices and they came back perfectly!  Try it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 T. butter, softened
  • 4 oz. sharp orange cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 5×9″ loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Using your fingers, mix 2 T. butter into the flour mixture until well incorporated (it should look like sand here).
  5. Add the cheese, toss to coat.
  6. Add the buttermilk and stir until the dough just comes together.
  7. Divide between the pans, smooth the tops.
  8. Cut a shallow cross all the way across the tops of the loaves.
  9. Thinly slice the remaining 1 T. butter.  Place the butter in the cuts in each loaf. (see 3rd photo).
  10. Bake until the top is browned and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
  11. Let cool in the pan at least 30 minutes before slicing.
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