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Cracked Black Pepper Cheese Bread


I love cracked black pepper cheese bread! Actually, I used to get it at a fresh bread store years ago and decided to make some since I have never found any in Utah!

While looking for something in the freezer, I discovered a chunk of parmesan that I had bought for a different recipe several weeks ago. I also love spinach parmesan bread, but realized I didn’t have any spinach so decided to find a recipe for cracked black pepper cheese bread instead! I had some leftover asiago cheese leftover from making asiago bread and added that to the bread with the parmesan. Now that I know I can make yeast bread without killing the yeast, I am fearless!

The recipe below is a combination of two recipes I found, and honestly, the more cheese the better!

So I thought today’s song should take a detour from jazz to…Bread. That’s right, here’s “Down on My Knees” by Bread.

Cracked Black Pepper Cheese Bread


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 ounces Asiago cheese, cut into quarter-inch cubes
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, cut into quarter-inch cubes


  1. Add yeast to warm water. Stir and let sit for five minutes. Put 2 cups flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Stir together. Put olive oil in center of flour mixture. Add yeast mixture. Stir with a fork until combined.
  2. Stir into dough. Add one-half cup of flour. Stir then knead.
  3. Add cheeses and mixture together.
  4. Add last one-half cup of flour. Knead. The dough should be slightly gooey.
  5. Let rise for an hour or until double.
  6. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  7. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 16-inch long log with a diameter less than 2 inches.
  8. Cover with waxed paper and let rise for another hour.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-28 minutes.
  10. Let bread cool on rack.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

  • Mudd April 23, 2013, 2:48 pm

    This sounds like something Randy would love. Thanks for sharing! I may try it tomorrow!

    • Jillaine April 23, 2013, 10:38 pm

      I’m so glad you tried it and it turned out! Sorry that Randy doesn’t like pepper in bread…I will look for some other fun bread recipes that don’t involve pepper!

  • lchaston April 23, 2013, 2:54 pm

    What a great combo — Bread and bread!! I think I should devote a whole month to the two – can’t get enough of either!

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