Cheddar Jalapeno Bread

Marvelous Munch
by Marvelous Munch
6 Servings
1 hr

What is better to dip into a big bowl of chili than cheddar jalapeño bread. The warm cheesiness that this bread adds to any dish or sandwich is mouthwatering. Ever wanted to spice up your bread life with something new and exciting… I’m not sure how you can get more exciting than this! You’ll love the cheesy spicy combination even just by itself.

Make sure to use a nice enamel coated dutch oven for baking, we love these Cuisinart and Lodge ovens for baking bread in. Make sure to cover the bottom of the dutch oven with flour so the bread doesn’t stick to the oven when baking.

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

When I came up with this recipe I wanted something that reminded me of cornbread, but as actual bread. I tweaked a couple different recipes, adding cheese by itself and though good, it was too cheesy. Then I added jalapeños to the mix the next time around oh boy, what a combination.

My favorite thing to do with this bread is make a grilled cheese with some sharp cheddar and dip it in a nice tomato soup. Or melted brie with caramelized onions inside.

The key to any good bread is letting the dough rise for a long enough time and then also letting the baked bread rest until almost cool. If you start to cut into the break too early a lot of times it smushes the bread and take away from the bounce. Also, letting the bread cool allows for the bread to finish cooking inside.

I tend to make the dough at night before bed that way it can rise during the night. Make sure that if you are cooking this bread in the winter to store the dough in a room temperature area. My kitchen typically it pretty cool in the winter and at night it gets cooler. This will effect the way the dough rises and ultimately some of the density and rise of the bread.

Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp yeast
  • ¼ cup diced fresh jalapeños
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cup lukewarm water

Combine dry ingredients and mix well
Pour in water slowly and mix
Add in jalapeños and cheddar and fold into the dough
Cover bowl with dough in ball and let rise for 12-18 hours in a dry room temperature place
Re-knead dough, let rise 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 450° with dutch oven in the oven to warm
Place dough in dutch oven and bake for 30 minutes covered
Sprinkle additional jalapeños and cheddar on top if desired and bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes longer
Remove dough from oven and place dough on rack to let cool before serving
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  • Ellen Albright Ellen Albright on Aug 15, 2020

    Do you know if this recipe works with gluten free flour?

    • Marvelous Munch Marvelous Munch on Sep 17, 2020

      We've actually never tested it out with gluten free flour, but if you test it out let us know please and we can amend the recipe with it as another option! Thanks Ellen, and sorry for the late response. We weren't getting notifications for a bit!

  • Sandra Clark Sandra Clark on Aug 16, 2020

    Can this bread be made in a bread making machine?