Apple Cheddar Bread

October 26, 2010 by Ali


I love sweet breads. And I love savory breads. But I especially love sweet and savory breads!

So of course I wanted to give this new recipe a try. I ran across it online last week, and realized I actually had all of the ingredients on hand to give it a try. So even though I was a little doubtful about how well the ingredients would taste together, I pulled out my food processor and mixer and gave it a go.

Within an hour, my house smelled amazing and I had a remarkably beautiful (loved the flecks of apple and sage!), moist, and delicious loaf of bread ready to go. I know some may not be as big of fans of sweet+savory, but I ended up loving the flavor. You could definitely taste each of the ingredients — the apples, cheddar, sage, all sweetened with some brown sugar — but I thought they made a great combination. And with the food processor’s super-speedy help in grating the apples, it ended up being fast and easy too!

So if you’re looking for a new bread to enjoy this season, give this one a try!

Apple Cheddar Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 8 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature & fork beaten
  • 2 cups apples (any favorite), unpeeled & finely shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2-3 Tbsp. minced sage, to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9” loaf pan with cooking spray. (Insert parchment paper overlapping over the long sides if you'd like.)

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs until combined. By hand, mix in the flour mixture. Fold in the apples, cheese and sage. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake until risen and a wooden skewer comes out of the center clean, about 45 minutes. Cool to room temperature before slicing.

Ali’s Tip:

Next time I try this, I’m going to use smoked cheddar cheese. I’m thinking that extra smokey kick would be delicious!!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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43 thoughts on “Apple Cheddar Bread

  1. Made this with galas & Tillamook medium vegetarian cheddar. I liked it but think it would taste much better with a sharper cheddar. I will use more apple because I couldn’t really taste it. Love the sweet & savory! I was eating it while it was warm-yum!

    - JenLa

  2. I really wish I hadn’t seen this as I really want one now!

    - Nike Air Max 90 Boot

  3. My brother and I just made this as a “I’m-home-for-spring-break” treat together and it came out delicious! A great comfort food and actually something I wont have too much difficulty making in college again if I want to! Thanks for all the wonderful posts

    - Breanne

  4. I just made this tonight and it is absolutely DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing!!! I can’t wait to bring it to our work Christmas party :)

    - ashley

  5. Maybe it’s me but when I assembled the ingredients for this recipe it was totally dry. Spreading batter into pan was not my experience – spreading sand was. I added and added milk until I could clump it into the prepared pan. What did I miss here?

    - jeff

  6. Made this Saturday and it is ridiculously, stupendously delicious. It’s a fascinating flavor blend because the taste is not distinctly apple-y nor is it distinctly cheesy. It’s just … WOW. I’ve been raving about it for two days. One FYI: Mine needed an extra half-hour of cooking time, and I’m not in a high altitude zone. At 75 minutes it looked exactly like the top photo and was perfect.

    - Michelle Kerr

  7. Yes, the idea of a sweet & savory bread sounds really great. Apples and cheddar are always a delish combo!

    - marla {family fresh cooking}

  8. want!
    cheddar + apple is one of favorite things. never thought to make into a bread loaf.

    - ashley m

  9. I really like apple cheddar pie so this especially appeals to me!

    - Alison

  10. This is an incredible recipe – all the autumn scents and tastes. Wow!

    - ks sunflower

  11. Just made this. All I can say is.. WOW!!

    - Amanda

  12. We just tasted the loaf we made tonight with Golden Delicious (from our tree), mostly whole wheat pastry flour, Cabot Private Reserve Extra Sharp Aged Cheddar and sage from our herb garden. We couldn’t even wait for it to cool all the way. It is indescribably Delicious. Now we can hardly wait until tomorrow for the flavors to meld and probably make another loaf. Thanks for the recipe.

    - Blythe & Roland

  13. I was just telling my husband that we ought to make some apple and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches, and then I saw this. Perfect combination!

    - Michelle

  14. I am going to make this tomorrow night for a Halloween party along with a delicious pumpkin bisque AND I’m going to make the loaf in a mini-muffin tin for a super-cute little accompaniment to the soup. Can’t WAIT! Thanks for the recipe! :)

    - Leanne

  15. This bread sounds and looks absolutely mouth-watering! I love your idea of using smoked cheddar. YUM!

    - Lauren

  16. Ohhhh I need this in my life right now! Definitely making this this weekend :D thanks for sharing!!

    - Teagan

  17. My mom used to make a superb cheddar and apple loaf. Will be trying this one.

    - Elizabeth

  18. Tis the season for apple recipes. I’m making it tonight.

    - Jim

  19. Oh….”yummo”!!! I have some Macs, Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar (what else :) and fresh sage! I will be making this over the weekend…..i know it will be delicious. Only downfall….the aroma of it baking will make me homesick for the home of my heart….VT!!!

    - Dolores W Honn

  20. I will definitely try this!

    - Lynn

  21. I was just thinking of looking online for a recipe to use up some of my apples…this sounds delicious!! Thanks!!

    - Ava

  22. This looks delicious! I bet it would taste good with feta and olives, as well.

    - ronnissweettooth

  23. I can’t wait to try this!

    - Kathleen

  24. hmm I don’t think I would be attracted to an apple/cheese bread but the more I look at that picture and the more I think about it the more I really want a piece of that bread. Looks delicious!

    - Emily E

  25. this makes me want some apple gouda and cinnamon sausage!

    - kendall

  26. Yay for extra entries! This sounds delicious! My fave sweet/savory recipe right now is Giada’s Strawberry Rosemary Scones. Yum!

    - Michelle

  27. i love love this! i think i’m going to try making it this weeekend. it looks sooooooo yummy!!


    - christen krumm

  28. This one looks very yummy I am going to have to try it out this weekend.

    - Lauri

  29. grilled cheese (savory) with apple (sweet) – especially on whole wheat walnut bread….yummmm!

    - dorian

  30. I’m going to make this today for the Wednesday Habitata for Humanity crew but I’m not going to grate the apples — I don’t have a processor and I like my knuckles too much to grate! I know they’ll love it.

    - Nancy

  31. This sounds and looks delicious! It reminds me of when we would have apple pie growing up – and we’d always put a piece of cheese on top. Thank you for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

    - Lisa

  32. Looks yummy! I am not a successful baker usually so I do not make breads. This one looks simple enough thought that maybe even I could make it!

    - McKenzie

  33. I love sweet and savory breads. Like a dark pumpernickel with raisins and nuts.

    - Hila

  34. Oh.Yum. I’m wondering how a smoked Gouda would do in this recipe? The note about smoked cheddar made me think of it. This is officially on my to-do list for the weekend. Something to share with my coworkers on Monday!

    - Catherine K

  35. Hooray! Another apple recipe. I made your cider the other day for a brunch and everyone loved it (my neighbor boy came by while it was simmering and said, “Mmmm, your house smells good. REALLY good!”) I lived on an orchard for half my life, so I’m always excited when people post apple recipes.

    - Stephanie Niepraschk

  36. Looks yummy! I bet the apple and cheddar taste great together!

    I had a rosemary shortbread once, it was sweet and savory and quite delicious!

    - Mireya

  37. Yum!! I bought a bundle of fresh apples yesterday and I know exactly what I’m going to do with them! Perfect fall recipe!

    - Alex Clark

  38. Can’t wait to try this. Has 2 of my favorite things in a totally new way. Thanks for the recipe!

    - Melinda

  39. I have a similar thermometer which was my souvenir for my first tour to the US. I didn’t understand that we have to place it to the chicken while it is cooking until I saw it being used in a movie.

    - Lani Seepersaud

  40. It kind of reminds me of some cheddar-jalapeño scones that I’ve made a couple of times. Looks really yummy!

    - Hanne

  41. I’ve was a bit thrown off by apple + a savory meal until one of my old roommates made some delicious meals with apples sauted in them. Loving the apple! I want to go eat some of this bread right now…

    - Jessica F

  42. I have a cave aged Irish cheddar that would be yummy in this.

    - Melissa Monge

  43. Hi Ali ~Thank you so much for baking the Apple Cheddar Bread from CookAndBeMerry. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Lynne xo

    - Lynne @ CookandBeMerry