White Cheddar Pizza Bread

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When you think of a pizza bread recipe, my guess is it’s something along the lines of a French bread pizza.
This is not that. At all. This is a loaf of yeast-raised bread with pockets of sharp white cheddar, a spicy pizza seasoning, and crunchy edges that taste like the best part of a pizza. You’ll make it with all-purpose flour, with the addition of oats. This in turn makes it kind of dense but in the best way. It’s best toasted so that those cheesy edges become even more charred with flavor. But it’s also delicious as-is.
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This is a loaf you can make in a day, so no overnight proofing or anything like that. You will need a few hours, however, because it is a yeast-risen bread. But it’s all inactive time and requires nothing more than a few minutes of kneading by hand, shaping, and baking.
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Let’s talk about the ingredients for a minute. First, the seasoning. I made my own seasoning out of red pepper flakes, garlic and onion powder,  Italian seasoning, and crushed fennel seeds. If you have a favorite pizza blend that you like, feel free to use it.  Make sure your spices are as fresh as possible because once you bake the bread, the flavor will be much less strong.
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Now, for the cheese. I wavered on this one quite a bit. I know that mozzarella seems like the natural choice for a pizza bread recipe, but I wanted something that would be bold, while also leaving big pockets of cheese in the bread. A softer mozzarella would have way more moisture. It is also a mild cheese.  Parmesan works, but I want something different and unexpected.  Aged white cheddar seemed perfect (I used Tillamook Maker’s Reserve, but any good aged cheddar works. Don’t shred it, cut it into cubes.
You can eat this so many ways. Plain sliced. Toasted with good butter and a drizzle of honey. Or with a slather of ricotta and Parmesan. No matter how you eat it, it won’t last long, so be prepared.

White Cheddar Pizza Bread

An unexpected pizza bread recipe studded with chunks of aged cheddar and flecked with spicy pizza seasoning is all you need on a long winter day.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Proofing time 2 hours
Servings 12
Calories 264 kcal


Pizza seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Bread dough:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 ounces aged white cheddar cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream


  • Combine all of the pizza seasoning in a small bowl or jar and mix well. Set aside.
  • To make the dough, put the yeast, water, and honey in a large bowl. Stir and let sit for about 5 minutes until foamy — if it’s not foamy, discard and get new yeast.
  • Add the flour, oats, buttermilk powder, olive oil, cheese cubes, and pizza seasoning to the bowl and mix until all flour is incorporated.
  • Put the dough on a clean surface and knead until you have a smooth ball, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and set in a warm spot. Let rise for about an hour. Dough will rise slightly, but may not double in size —this is ok.
  • Grab a loaf pan and lightly brush with oil. Form the dough into a loaf and transfer to pan.
  • Cover and let rise for another hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brush the top of the bread with the milk or cream.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown, especially around the edges.
  • Remove from pan and cool on a cooling rack.
  • Cool before slicing.


Storing leftovers: Leftovers can be stored in a plastic bag or airtight container at room temperature.


Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 9gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 298mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.
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