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Braided Cheddar Cheese Bread

Granted these braided loaves are not the best example of the braiding technique you will ever see.

I can assure you they are packed full of cheesy goodness and have an extremely soft interior, you won't remember the shape or form they come in but you will remember the delicious flavour, which what is most important right?

I made this bread way before Ramadan and it is what i am craving right now. Once i stock up on cheese, we are fresh out as of last night! I'm definitely making these again inshAllah (God willing).

Adapted ever so slightly from braided farmer's cheese bread

Yield: 2 braided loaves
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup warm water (100 degrees F)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast (1/2 ounce)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 5 cups bread flour, approximately


In small saucepan, warm milk and butter until butter is melted. Set aside until warm (100 degrees F). In small bowl add water. Stir in yeast until dissolved.  (note: if using fast action yeast there is no need to reactivate the yeast in water first just add along with the dry ingredients.) In large bowl, add warm milk and butter. Add yeast water. Stir. Stir in sugar, salt, and 2 cups of flour. When batter is smooth, mix in grated cheddar cheese. Continue to mix in flour until a stiff dough is formed. Turn dough out onto floured board and begin to knead in the remaining flour until the dough is firm and smooth, not sticky.

Put dough in greased bowl. Turn over so that dough top is also greased. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour or until double in size. Punch down dough and knead for about 1 minute. Divide dough in half and set one half back in bowl.

To make a braided loaf, divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Work each piece with your hands to form a long rope, about 15 inches in length. Pinch ends of the 3 dough ropes together and tightly braid the dough. Pinch ends together again. Repeat for second loaf.

Preheat oven 190 degrees C / 170 degrees C (Fan) / 375 degrees F / Gas Mark 5. Grease and sprinkle yellow cornmeal or semolina on two baking sheets. Place each loaf on a baking sheet, cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for about 30 minutes or until double in size. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40 minutes or when loaf sounds hollow when you tap on the bread top. Remove from heat and let cool on rack.

* You can brush each loaf with egg white and sprinkle poppy seeds if you wish, the egg white will give your loaf a nice shiny crust!

This bread i feell would work well alongside a rich and thick tomato soup!

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At 29 July 2012 at 13:58 , Blogger Anisa umm imran said...

masha`allah sis they look wonderful

At 29 July 2012 at 14:22 , Blogger ••❤MingMing❤•• said...

MashaAllah sis you beat everyone else with your cooking and baking skills! May Allah send blessings upon You.

At 29 July 2012 at 15:05 , Blogger Amna said...

MashaAllah... so nice and tempting.

At 29 July 2012 at 18:40 , Blogger Melissa said...

Mashallah, that looks so delicious! I'll have to try these, inshallah, I love cheddar cheese bread.

At 30 July 2012 at 10:51 , Blogger Unknown said...

Salam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah to all my sisters,

Thank you for all your encouraging comments, inshAllah you all will bake some up and i was thinking anytime you try any f the recipes featured on my blog email me in a photo and with your permission I will use put them up on the blog.

At 30 July 2012 at 10:52 , Blogger Unknown said...


At 6 August 2012 at 14:53 , Blogger Treat and Trick said...

Beautifully done! For the semolina cake, I'd used the fine variety, hope you'll give a try ya!

At 6 August 2012 at 19:40 , Blogger khadijah said...

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu sissy!!!!!!!!!
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Masha'Allah i love your blog template.. its sOOO cute masha'Allah ..is it new? i feel like for some reason it looks new..or maybe because when i visit your blog my eyes are fixed on the food and i never noticed the template :op hee hee!!

i was JUST thinking of making a cheese bread...and looking for a recipe..insha'Allah i am TRYING THIS FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!!!! i was wondering do u think i can add some rosemary in there ??? and how would i do it ? just toss in the dough??


At 7 August 2012 at 09:27 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for stopping by & giving me the answer.

At 7 August 2012 at 09:34 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wa alaikum Salam wa rahmatullah Wa barakatuhu,

Yes mashAllah it's a new blog template I love it too!

Sure thing you could add herbs to the bread, for every cup of flour add 1tsp dried herbs. If you use dry herbs grind them into a powder so they are less 'gritty' in texture with a pestle and mortar or spice grinder you can cut fresh herbs very small or grind them too. If you want to add rosemary to the top of your bread like focaccia you need something to stick the herbs to the dough either egg, egg white or oil over the top then sprinkle and lightly press onto the surface of dough, the pressing is essential or any herbs will fall off but go lightly or you will ruin the braided shape.

Hope that info helps sister and thank you for stopping by <3

At 10 August 2012 at 23:26 , Blogger khadijah said...

salam Asmaa!!! i tried this bread recipe for khaliat nahal !!!! MASHA'ALLAH the bread was so soft and it tasted soo good!! i even made chocolate filled buns with this bread recipe ... insha'Allah i will try it with cheese next time, i wanted to save the cheese for the pizza i made :p

thanks! xox

At 12 August 2012 at 13:17 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wa alaikum Salam sister,

Sooo glad you liked the bread and wow mashAllah i googles khaliar nahal it looks amazing but please do share with me your recipe? asmaaummhamza@gmail.com


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