recipe

“I thought it was very fun to make and it was the perfect amount of challenging to make. I thought it was delicious and amazing.” — Sami, recipe tester, age 11

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 1 hour and 20 minutes, plus 1¼ hours cooling time
yield
  • Serves 10

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
2½ cups (12½ ounces)
all-­purpose flour
1 tablespoon
baking powder
½ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper (optional)
1 cup
extra-­sharp cheddar cheese cut into ¼-­inch pieces (4 ounces)
½ cup
shredded Parmesan cheese (1½ ounces) plus ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (1½ ounces), measured separately
1 cup (8 ounces)
whole milk
½ cup
sour cream
3 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted
1
large egg

Gather Baking Equipment

8½-­by-­4½-­inch metal loaf pan
2
bowls (1 large, 1 medium)
Whisk
Rubber spatula
Toothpick
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Cutting board
Chef's knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray inside bottom and sides of 8½-by-4½-inch metal loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
2½ cups (12½ ounces)
all-­purpose flour
1 tablespoon
baking powder
½ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper (optional)
1 cup
extra-­sharp cheddar cheese cut into ¼-­inch pieces (4 ounces)
½ cup
shredded Parmesan cheese (1½ ounces)

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper (if using). Use rubber spatula to stir in cheddar cheese and ½ cup Parmesan cheese, breaking up clumps, until cheese is coated with flour.

 
3
 
1 cup (8 ounces)
whole milk
½ cup
sour cream
3 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted
1
large egg

In large bowl, whisk milk, sour cream, melted butter, and egg until well combined.

 
4
 

Add flour mixture and use rubber spatula to gently stir until just combined and no dry flour is visible. Batter will be heavy and thick—do not overmix.

 
5
 
½ cup
shredded Parmesan cheese (1½ ounces)

Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into greased loaf pan and smooth top. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup Parmesan cheese over batter.

 
6
 

Place loaf pan in oven. Bake until top of cheese bread is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes.

 
7
 

Use oven mitts to remove loaf pan from oven (ask an adult for help). Place loaf pan on cooling rack and let cheese bread cool in pan for 15 minutes.

 
8
 

Use oven mitts to carefully turn loaf pan on its side and remove cheese bread from pan. Let cheese bread cool on cooling rack for at least 1 hour. Transfer to cutting board, slice, and serve.