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Apple Cheddar Bread

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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!


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Apple Cheddar Bread

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


If you are a fan of fresh breads, you will love this Apple Cheddar Bread recipe which is an artful combination of both sweet and savory apple goodness.


  • 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
  • 23 Tbsp. minced sage, to taste


  1. 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.)
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake until risen and a wooden skewer comes out of the center clean, about 45 minutes. Cool to room temperature before slicing.


Recipe adapted from Cook and Be Merry


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!!

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43 comments on “Apple Cheddar Bread”

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

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

  3. 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…

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

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

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


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

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

  20. 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!

  21. I can’t wait to try this!

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

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

  24. I will definitely try this!

  25. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

  30. 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! :)

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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?

  40. 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 :)

  41. 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

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

  43. 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!