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Bread machine cheese bread is loaded with cheddar cheese, butter, and delicious. It's a rich, moist, cheesy bread - add it to your must-make list!

I know what you're thinking, bread loaded with cheese, am I trying to kill your arteries? No, I am trying to butter up your tastebuds though!

This bread machine cheese bread is dedicated to buttering up!

Sliced bread machine cheese bread showing the dark crust and orange tinged crumb.
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No. 1 --> If you're having trouble with your bread machine results, check out my bread machine troubleshooting guide!

No. 2 --> As much as I'm all for cooking from the soul, some recipes, like bread, require a bit of preciseness. Please follow the recipe as written at least the first time.

No. 3 --> Wondering what you'd do with cheese infused bread? I got some ideas: sandwiches, grilled cheese, garlic bread, croutons. The list is endless, and delicious!

Key Ingredients

Flour: This cannot be understated; flour matters!! Use bread flour or flour with at least 13% protein.

To calculate this, check the nutrition box on the side of the package and follow this equation: (grams of protein)/(grams per serving) = _______, then multiply the answer by 100: _____ x 100= ___%.

My flour is as follows: (4g protein)/(30 g per serving)= .1333. .1333 X 100 = 13.33%

Cheese: This is where you can get creative! Mix and match your cheese, use all one cheese. Mix hard and soft cheese to see the differences in the loaf. Generally a soft cheese like cheddar or mozzarella will melt into the dough and give a consistent orange tinge, a harder cheese like asiago or parmesan don't melt as easily and will leave little pockets of cheese through your dough.

Yeast: Use fresh yeast! If you're unsure of the freshness of your yeast, I recommend proofing a small amount in a bowl to ensure it's still active. To proof the yeast, add 1 teaspoon of yeast to a bowl with 1/3 cup warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar, give it a quick stir and set aside to see if it will begin to get frothy, rise and smell like beer. Don't use the proofed yeast in the recipe.

The ingredients for bread machine cheese bread premeasured and displayed on a counter.

How to make bread machine cheese bread

  1. In the pan of your bread machine, add the warm water, melted butter, sugar and kosher salt. Dump the shredded cheese on top of the water mixture.
  2. Add the flour on top of the cheese, trying to spread it along the entire surface of the cheese and water layer.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the flour layer, avoiding any water spots.
  4. Place the baking pan into your bread machine and set machine to BASIC; MEDIUM CRUST; 2LB loaf.
  5. Walk away and let the bread machine work magic!
  6. When the bread is done, remove the pan from the bread maker and turn loaf onto a wire mesh cooling rack to cool.
  7. Allow your cheese bread to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting, or to room temperature before storing.

Variations and substitutions

Yes, I did previously say that this recipe should be followed accurately. At least the first time. After that, all bets are off!

  • add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, or red pepper flakes.
  • add a handful of chopped/mashed smoked garlic cloves.
  • swap the water for warmed milk for an extra decadent treat.
  • add 1 cup of shredded cheese and 1 cup of small diced cheese.
  • use your home smoked cheese!!
Close up of the orange crust of this bread machine recipe.

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Storage information

Storing homemade bread is a bit of a crapchute. Because it's homemade there are no added ingredients to keep it fresher longer, which is a good thing, but makes storage a bit of a drag.

To store at room temperature: let the bread cool completely on the wire rack, then slide it into a plastic bag.

To freeze, whole or sliced; wrap the bread in tinfoil, then place into a ziplock style bag, remove any excess air and freeze. Homemade bread should be eaten within 1-2 months of freezing, but it can last longer.

To thaw: simply remove the bread from the freezer, and take off the ziplock bag, allow to thaw at room temperature wrapped in foil for 2-3 hours, or until completely thawed.

Cross section of cheese bread against a black background.

Bread maker: I have and love a Breville Custom Loaf. It takes everything I throw at it, and I throw a LOT at it! It's got a decent footprint and can handle larger batches of bread. I also love that the loaf pan is the perfect size to fit in my kids' Sistema sandwich containers.

Wire mesh rack: Seems silly, but I love my wire mesh racks for everything. They're great for cooling foods, cooking bacon jerky, and improving the texture of baked foods.

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Sliced bread machine cheese bread showing the dark crust and orange tinged crumb.
Yield: 12 slices

Bread Machine Cheese Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

A deliciously rich and cheesy bread! This bread machine cheese bread will become one of your favourites.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine / rapid rise yeast

Instructions

  1. In the pan of your bread machine, add the warm water, melted butter, sugar and kosher salt. Dump the shredded cheese on top of the water mixture.
  2. Add the flour on top of the cheese.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the flour layer, avoiding any water spots.
  4. Place the baking pan into your bread machine and set the machine to BASIC; MEDIUM CRUST; 2LB loaf.
  5. When the bread is done, remove the pan from the bread maker and turn the loaf onto a wire mesh rack to cool.
  6. Allow bread to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting, or to room temperature before storing.

Notes

Flour

Use bread flour or flour with at least 13% protein.

To calculate this, check the nutrition box on the side of the package and follow this equation: (grams of protein)/(grams per serving) = _______, then multiply the answer by 100: _____ x 100= ___%.

variations and substitutions

  • add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, or red pepper flakes.
  • add a handful of chopped/mashed SMOKED GARLIC CLOVES.
  • swap the water for warmed milk for an extra decadent treat.
  • add 1 cup of shredded cheese and 1 cup of small diced cheese

storage information

To store at room temperature: let the bread cool completely on the wire rack, then slide it into a plastic bag.

To freeze, whole or sliced; wrap the bread in tinfoil, then place into a ziplock style bag, remove any excess air and freeze. Homemade bread should be eaten within 1-2 months of freezing, but it can last longer.

To thaw: simply remove the bread from the freezer, and take off the ziplock bag, allow to thaw at room temperature wrapped in foil for 2-3 hours, or until completely thawed.

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