No-knead easy cheese bread recipe (with sliced cheese bread)

Easy Cheese Bread Recipe: The Best Homemade Cheese Bread (no-knead!)

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Super cheesy easy cheese bread recipe!  Omg this is my absolute favorite homemade cheese bread recipe. It is such an easy bread recipe, you make it in a dutch oven, and it’s all crispy on the outside and soft on the inside…yum!!! I eat this no knead cheese bread for breakfast, as toast, for sandwiches, extra cheesy grilled cheese, and even an afternoon snack. This is the perfect recipe if you are a beginner to bread baking!

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Easy Cheese Bread

Sliced homemade cheese bread

Can’t stop won’t stop creating these easy no-knead bread recipes.

From savory olive bread, to sweet cinnamon raisin bread with pecans, to classic homemade artisan bread, I am in love with all of them.

And don’t even get me started on the no-knead focaccia – it’s heavenly.

I actually wanted to make and share a homemade cheese bread recipe with you a couple weeks ago. Then I went to the fridge and saw that we were completely out of cheese…what!?? For a cheese and butter obsessed family, this is practically unheard of.

I have been ordering all our groceries online for the past year so a quick pop into the store for some cheese wasn’t going to be happening. So I ended up making the cinnamon raisin no-knead bread instead and I wasn’t sad about it at all.

But we’re back in cheese stock now so an easy no-knead cheese bread recipe was a must!

Crusty artisan cheese bread on a cutting board

No-Knead Cheese Bread Ingredients

This cheese bread is extra yummy because of a cheese double whammy! Yup not one whammy of cheese but two.

You’ll use grated cheese which will melt into the dough so that every bite of this homemade cheese bread is extra cheesy. Then you’ll use cubes of cheese so that you’ll get bites with pockets of extra cheese in them – total yum.

You’ll only need these four ingredients for this easy cheese bread recipe:

all-purpose flour

instant yeast



Homemade Cheese Bread Recipe Tips

1. What kind of cheese should you use for this cheese bread recipe

Use any hard cheese you like for this cheese bread recipe. You need to be able to grate it (so no soft cheeses) but cheddar, gouda, monterey jack, havarti, etc. are all good.

I used havarti in this recipe, though in our house it’s referred to as habarbie (what my preschooler thought it was called).

Sliced homemade cheese bread

2. What type of yeast should I use in a no-knead recipe

The type of yeast you use is super important. Though instant yeast and quick yeast sound really similar, they aren’t. They can’t be subbed for each other. Instant yeast is what you want for this recipe and the other no-knead bread recipes.

3. How long does the no-knead bread dough need to rise?

Sliced cheese bread showing crunchy cheese crust

This is a very forgiving recipe. If you’re like, hurry up bread and rise already I want to bake you, you can probably get away with a 2 hour rise time. You can also mix up the dough, leave it out for the day, and bake the bread for dinner. Eight hours would be fine too. I usually aim for about a 3-4 hour rise time myself but sometimes I am impatient and it’s only two. It still turns out delicious.

If you have a warm kitchen you won’t need this trick but if your house is on the cool side (mine is!), this will help. Cover the ball of dough in a bowl with plastic wrap and put the bowl in your oven. Turn on your oven light. The small amount of warmth from the light and the closed oven will help your bread rise beautifully! Just make sure you take out the bowl before you preheat your oven!

4. Baking bread in a dutch oven

Homemade cheese bread in a dutch oven

Dutch ovens are so awesome for bread making. With the lid on you bake the bread, and crisp the crust. Then you remove the lid for the last 15 minutes of bake time to brown the crust a bit more. If you’ve never used a dutch oven to bake bread before you have to try it. It’s magical.

One of my favorites is this gorgeous red dutch oven. The bright color is just so cheery in the kitchen, especially when you’re baking bread on a cold winter day.

I also love Le Creuset dutch ovens.

A good, sturdy, enameled cast-iron dutch oven is the way to go.

Whatever one you use, make sure the lid is tight so that you get that really crispy crust on your homemade bread.

You can also bake this bread in a regular bread pan. The crust will be softer but still delicious! Keep an eye on the time because it will need less time than with the dutch oven.

Okay, let’s bake cheese bread!!

Easy Cheese Bread Recipe

Sliced homemade cheese bread
5 from 3 votes

Easy Cheese Bread

Super cheesy easy cheese bread recipe!  This is my favorite homemade cheese bread recipe. It is an easy bread recipe, you make it in a dutch oven, and it’s all crispy on the outside and soft on the inside…yum!!! Eat this no knead cheese bread for breakfast, as toast, for sandwiches, and even an afternoon snack. This is the perfect recipe if you are a beginner to bread baking!

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, brunch, lunch, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rise time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author Suchot Sunday


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups room temperature water
  • 2-4 tbsp all-purpose flour for shaping into a ball
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese any kind you like
  • 1 cup cheese cubes ~ ½"


  1. In a large bowl, mix 3 cups of flour, salt, yeast, grated cheese, and cheese cubes.

  2. Measure 1 ½ cups of room temperature tap water and pour it into the dry ingredients.

  3. Stir until all the dough comes together and there are no flour pockets.

  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise for 3-4 hours (minimum 2 hours, up to 8 hours)

  5. Near the end of the rise time, put your empty dutch oven (with the lid on) into your oven, and heat oven to 425F.

  6. Remove the plastic wrap, add 2-4 tablespoons of flour, just to bring the dough into a ball; don't knead the dough with it, we want those air pockets made by the rise!

  7. When your oven temp reaches 425F, remove your dutch oven from the oven with mitts (lid is very hot too!)

  8. Drop the dough into your hot dutch oven (ungreased, unlined).

  9. Bake your cheese bread at 425F for 30 minutes in the dutch oven with the lid on.

  10. Remove the dutch oven lid and bake for 15 minutes more, to brown the crust.

  11. Take the loaf out and put it onto a cutting board; cut it when cool or enjoy warm from the oven!

If you’re really nervous about making your own bread, don’t miss Making Your Own Bread for Beginners – 5 Big Mistakes to Avoid.

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  1. This looks delicious. I adore cheese bread. The texture looks delicious and something I can only drool over being gluten free. But hey! I can dream xx

    1. Thanks Kate! Have you made a gluten-free cheese bread before? I have never tried any of my no-knead bread recipes with gluten-free all purpose flour – I’d be curious how they’d turn out.

    1. Thank you so much Bev! I hope you love this cheese bread recipe as much as we do! I also hope you’re feeling lots better by Friday – I hear that cheese bread helps people heal (not medically proven – lol) 😉

  2. 5 stars
    I have been reading Nigella Lawsons cookbook which features a version of this bread. I must say your directions and recipe are much clearer and easier to make.

    1. Bernadette, that is such a sweet compliment as I love Nigella! 🙂 Thank you! xx Let me know what you think if you try my version of easy cheese bread!

  3. 5 stars
    We sure enjoyed featuring your awesome post on Full Plate Thursday,535, plus we just pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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