Cheddar Pepper Bread

This highly flavored bread is a perfect companion to soup and would make an excellent hostess gift as you attend parties and gatherings during the holidays. Wrap each loaf in brightly colored plastic wrap to insure freshness and festivity.
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 container (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup butter -- melted
  • 2 eggs -- lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the flour, baking powder, pepper, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the cheese.

Stir together the yogurt, melted butter and eggs. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture; stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon the batter into a buttered and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the loaf in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or toasted, if desired. This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

  • Yields: 1 loaf
  • Preparation Time: about 1 hour
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