This savory buttermilk quick bread holds true to its name. It is quick to make, and complements most meals well.
A delicious buttermilk quick bread recipe is important to have in your back pocket. Since it doesn’t need time to rise, it is easy to throw together as a complement to your dinner. Serve it with a soup, as a sandwich bread, or as a side dish with dinner.
What Is Quick Bread?
A quick bread is a bread that uses any leavening other than yeast or eggs to create rise. Since the bread doesn’t need yeast, it is much simpler to make. It doesn’t need time or climate control, allowing for it to be “quick” and cooked immediately.
Some quick breads are batter breads, while others create a typical dough. This buttermilk quick bread recipe is a mixture of both. Plus, it uses a little bit of yeast to add a more traditional bread flavor.
Tips For Making This Buttermilk Quick Bread Recipe Better
This buttermilk quick bread doesn’t require many culinary skills. However, in order to achieve master chef level quality, I recommend reading these articles.
- Buying and Storing Fresh Herbs. Each of the herbs in this bread requires a little different attention to keep fresh. Find out what to look for at the grocery store and how to keep them in tip top shape at home.
- Different Types of Flour. Different flours give you different consistencies in your buttermilk quick bread. Find out why I chose all-purpose, and what changing the flour will do to it.
- How To Make Homemade Buttermilk. If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, you can still get the flavor with these helpful hacks.
Can I Make This Buttermilk Quick Bread Without Buttermilk?
Yes, you can absolutely make this buttermilk quick bread recipe without buttermilk. The purpose of the buttermilk is to provide the butterfat to moisten the bread, as well as some additional flavor. If you want to make this quick bread recipe without the buttermilk, you can substitute full fat whole milk instead. This will still provide the structure and moisture without the tang.
Why Does This Buttermilk Quick Bread Have Yeast?
Despite being a quick bread, this buttermilk quick bread recipe still utilizes yeast. If you’re wondering why, the answer is simply flavor. Many quick bread recipes are sweet, like cinnamon sugar, so you don’t want the flavor of the yeast. Since this buttermilk quick bread is savory, the yeast provides the expected “fresh baked bread” flavor.
Even though there is yeast in this buttermilk quick bread, it still holds true to being a quick bread. It doesn’t need to climate control or time for the bread to rise. Simply mix the dough, pour it in the prepared pan, and bake the bread. The yeast will provide a small amount of inflation, but the buttermilk quick bread doesn’t rely on it.
I want to say thank you to all the bloggers who worked together to host this month’s #BreadBakers collection.
#BreadBakers is a group of bakers who collaborate once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Updated links are also available on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, send Stacy an email with your blog URL to: email@example.com.
This month’s collaborative theme is cheese breads. Try one or try all of these great recipes in this theme!
- Brazilian Cheese Bread by All That's Left Are The Crumbs
- Buttermilk Cheddar Quick Bread by Food Above Gold
- Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread by Ambrosia
- Cheddar Beer Bread Rolls by Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Cheese Babka by Passion Kneaded
- Easy Cheesy Pull Apart Rolls by I Camp In My Kitchen
- Irish Cheddar Scone with Scallions by Baking Sense
- Mexican Cornbread Waffles by Food Lust People Love
- Mozzarella Stuffed Breadsticks by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mini Chilli Cheese Parathas by Sizzling Tastebuds
- Pancakes Huancaina by The Schizo Chef
- Spicy Cheese Bread by Gayathri's Cook Spot
- Stuffed Mini Cheese Chicken Burger Buns by Sneha's Recipe
- Wholemeal Cheese Bombs by Cook with Renu
- Vanilla-Mascarpone Popovers by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Savory Buttermilk Quick Bread Recipe
If you don’t want to purchase fresh herbs for this buttermilk quick bread recipe, you can substitute them with dried. (use ⅓ the amount of each.) Additionally, you can use one tablespoon of Italian seasoning in place of the basil, thyme, and oregano.
The fresh dill really does elevate the flavor of this buttermilk quick bread. So if I can encourage you to purchase any of the herbs fresh, this is the one.
Want a printable grocery list for this buttermilk quick bread recipe? Everything is listed in standard grocery store amounts. If no size is specified, even the smallest package will provide more than enough.
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Cheddar and Herbs Buttermilk Quick Bread
- 2 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
- 1.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh oregano
- 1.5 Tablespoon minced fresh dill
- 1.5 cups buttermilk
- 4 Tablespoon butter, plus more for the pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a one pound loaf pan by rubbing it with butter until it is completely greased.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, yeast, shredded cheddar and fresh herbs.
- Melt the butter and stir it into the buttermilk. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and fold together until a shaggy, wet dough is formed.
- Scrape the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. It is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the loaf cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Let it cool another 10 minutes before slicing.
I've made this bread three times, and each time was successful. I've added torn oil-cured black olives for even more flavor. I don't have the fresh herbs so went without. It also freezes well.
Mackenzie Ryan says
Oooh yum! I love that addition, Bonnie! I'm so glad you've added this to your recipe collection!
Cheryl Ryan says
I'm growing fresh herbs in my garden this summer and can't wait to try this recipe !! I love cheese but unfortunately my husband does NOT. 😟 Can I just leave the cheese out ??
Mackenzie Ryan says
Hi Cheryl! You can absolutely leave the cheese out! In this recipe, the cheese is there more for the additional flavor rather than to impact baking. Without the cheese the batter/dough will be a little looser and may take a little longer for baking, but it should yield an extremely flavorful and tasty loaf even without the cheddar. 🙂 . I hope that helps!