Jalapeño Cheddar Quick Bread

Jalapeno and cheddar cheese quick bread sliced.

The Spruce/ Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 48 mins
Total: 63 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
211 Calories
10g Fat
23g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 451mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 266mg 20%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 85mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Our easy recipe for jalapeño bread makes an excellent accompaniment to all sorts of dishes, from soups and chilis to stews. It's also delicious on its own with some butter or perhaps a generous dollop of cream cheese. Quick breads are convenient because there's no lengthy proofing time, so the batter can go straight into the oven as soon as it's mixed. Ready in a little over an hour, this bread is a great side for breakfast dishes, or it can be a light dinner or lunch when served with a salad and some slices of charcuterie and cheese.

The bread is made with simple, everyday pantry ingredients along with lots of shredded cheese and minced, fresh jalapeño chili peppers. The spiciness level is ultimately up to you, but we recommend starting small, and upping it up from there in future batches, as not everyone has a palate for very spicy foods.

Our jalapeño bread is great for freezing and is so easy to mix that doubling the ingredients shouldn't be extra work. Bake the two loaves, let cool, slice the one you want to freeze, and place in individual freezer bags to keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and heat up in a toaster oven for a few minutes—you'll never run of this delicious bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 6 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced; or to taste

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for jalapeno cheddar quick bread.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8.5x4.5-inch loaf pan.

    Grease and flour the loaf pan.

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  3. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly blend the flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, and salt.

    Combine the dry ingredients.

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  4. Stir in the shredded cheese and minced jalapeño pepper.

    Combine the dry ingredients and add the cheese and peppers.

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  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with the milk. Add the melted butter and stir to blend.

    Whisk the egg and milk with butter.

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  6. Add the milk and egg mixture into the dry mixture and stir just until moistened. Do not over-mix. The batter will be thick.

    Combine the wet and dry ingredients.

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  7. Spread the batter in the prepared loaf pan.

    Spread the batter in the loaf pan.

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  8. Bake the bread for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a rack. Remove the cooled bread from the pan to slice and serve.

    Remove the loaf to a rack to cool.

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  9. Enjoy!

    Slice the cheddar jalapeno quick bread and enjoy!

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What is a Quick Bread?

Quick breads rise thanks to chemical leavening coming from the addition of baking powder or baking soda. They're "quick" because they can be baked as soon as the ingredients are mixed and don't need any proofing for the dough or batter to bloom. Muffins, scones, biscuits, and cornbread are considered quick breads. The key to a successful quick bread is to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together before the wet ingredients are added. As soon as moisture hits the baking powder or baking soda, the rising action begins. Thus, make sure your oven is preheated and the pan is greased and ready before you start the batter.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is an easy and delicious template for you to experiment with added flavors. Make it your own—get inspired by a few suggestions:

  • Replace the minced jalapeño peppers with milder Anaheim chili peppers if you find jalapeños to be too strong.
  • Add about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the batter if on the contrary, you like very spicy food.
  • Use a Mexican-style cheese blend instead of plain cheddar.
  • Add a few chopped green onions for more green color, or a tablespoon or two of finely chopped red bell peppers or minced hot red Fresno peppers.
  • Substitute self-rising flour if that's what you have at hand, but omit the salt and add only 1 teaspoon of baking powder.