Roasted Garlic Cheddar Bread

Anytime I list off my favorite kinds of bread, people will put a hand on my shoulder and interrupt me, saying, “Did you just say ‘roasted garlic cheddar bread?'”

I can practically see the saliva forming when I mention that this one loaf of bread has an entire head of garlic and a quarter cup of shredded cheddar.

When I say that the loaf only has a tablespoon of oil in it, they ask, “Where do you buy this?”

My response? “It’s homemade.”

They don’t believe how easy (and delicious) it is until they see me make it and try it. Then they’re believers.

Roasted Garlic Cheddar Bread
Serves: 12 slices | Time: 3-4 hours | Download a printable PDF


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 1/4 – 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons (1.5 packets) of yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar


  • 15 g olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 400g flour
  • 20g sugar
  • 12g salt
  • 12 g yeast
  • 240 ml warm water
  • 28g shredded cheddar


  1. Peel the head of garlic and toss the cloves in olive oil. Bake the garlic in a lidded, oven safe container (or in a packet of foil) at 275° for about 45 minutes, or until soft and a light caramel color. Mash or finely chop the garlic and let it cool while you work on the bread.
  2. Mix together your flour, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, mix together your water and yeast and let it sit for five minutes. Once yeast is proofed, combine it with the flour mixture.
  3. Knead your dough on a floured work surface for about 5-10 minutes, or until bread is smooth, elastic, and passes the windowpane test. Add as much flour as needed for the dough to not stick to the surface as you knead. (If using a bread machine or a stand mixer, combine the salt, sugar, flour, yeast, and water in your machine in that order and let it knead the dough for a full knead cycle [4-6 minutes in a stand mixer].)
  4. Place your dough in an oiled bowl and cover. Let it sit in a warm place for 30-60 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll your dough out to be about the width of your baking pan, minus 3-4 inches. The length doesn’t matter as long as the dough is about 1/4″ thick.
  6. Spread the garlic, then cheddar, evenly over the dough. Roll up the dough into a log and pinch the seam.
  7. Place the loaf on an oiled baking sheet, ensuring that the dough has about two inches on either side to expand. Slash the dough with a sharp knife as desired. I usually make a blade-deep cut every two inches, with one shallow cut between each deep cut.
  8. Heat a few cups of water to boiling in a tea kettle or in the microwave. Pour the water into an extra baking pan that will fit in the oven with the loaf of bread (I usually just use a cake pan and place it on the shelf below my bread.).
  9. Let the bread rise in the humid oven for 30-60 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  10. With the bread and water still in the oven, turn the oven on to 425° and bake for about 25-30 minutes (20-25 minutes from when your oven reaches full temperature), or until golden brown.
  • If you like the idea of this bread but don’t want to go through the work of making the dough, you can buy premade dough at the grocery store. Just follow the recipe from step 5 on and you should have good results!
  • If you don’t plan on consuming this bread within two days (highly unlikely), add a tablespoon or so of olive oil to the dough. You don’t really need it unless you want the bread to stay soft for a while, so I tend to not put it in.

Nutritional Information
Assuming 12 slices

  • Calories 148
  • Calories from Fat 15
  • Total Fat 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 404 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 28.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
  • Sugars 1.8g
  • Protein 4.5g

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes, actually I am drooling. I have a bowl of sourdough dough rising on the counter at home. I think it will be a garlic cheddar loaf tonight…yum!

  2. Yay! I’m a big fan of sourdoughs too. I should probably make a sourdough sometime this weekend before my starter dies… eek!

    Also, if you want to have even more garlicky flavor, you can add powdered garlic to the dough itself.

    My next test will be to add caramelized onions… should be interesting.

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