no-knead spicy cheese bread

a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

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chances are, if you’ve been around here for a while, you know that one of my favorite places in the entire world to spend a saturday morning is the farmers market.

specifically, the madison farmers market, which wraps all the way around capitol square in the dead center of madison, wisconsin.

early on in our relationship, chris & i spent many weekends in madison. his older brother & our sister-in-law had a condo just off the square, so it was a given that we’d spend saturday morning walking through the farmers market stands.

if you’ve never been to the madison farmers market, there are tons of vendors selling everything from beautiful produce at the peak of its season, stunning floral arrangements, & artisan-crafted specialty goods like honey, jams, hot sauces, & so on.

needless to say, it’s pretty much my favorite place on earth.

& if you’ve been to the madison farmers market, you know the greatest part of the madison farmers market awaits you as you turn the corner at state st: stella’s hot spicy cheese bread. a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

stella’s hot spicy cheese bread, oh my gosh, is what dreams are made of. the pillowy loaves are soft, cheesy, &, if you’re lucky, still warm in the middle from being baked that morning. we’d always buy a loaf to take back to the condo with us, but it never lasted that long; we’d tear chunks off the loaf of cheese bread bite by bite until it disappeared.

our trips to madison have since grown few & far between, & sadly so has the opportunity to devour inappropriate amounts of warm cheesy bread on a bright saturday morning. so when my friends at Tillamook invited me to create a recipe to showcase their amazing cheddar, i knew i’d create my own recipe for the hot spicy cheese bread we love so much. 

no-knead spicy cheese bread is seriously a cheese lover’s dream. a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

you guys, this no-knead spicy cheese bread – it’s SO good. i don’t even know where to begin.

first there’s the fact that it takes only 10 minutes & 5 ingredients to throw together. all you need are some pantry staples (you know flour, yeast, salt – typical bread stuff) & Tillamook’s Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar (more on that in a sec!).

second, this no-knead spicy cheese bread’s texture is insanely good. unlike Stella’s bread, which is pillowy & soft, i wanted this bread to have a crusty exterior & good chew.

& it’s literally perfection.

third, & most important, is the cheese factor. i didn’t want there to be any question that there wasn’t enough cheese in my no-knead spicy cheese bread. there is only one way to accomplish that: pockets of molten, melty, delicious Tillamook cheese oozing out of every piece. a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

if you’ve never had Tillamook’s cheeses, boy oh boy, you’re in for a real treat. Tillamook is a farmer-owned, farmer-led dairy co-op from oregon, and they recently began selling their cheeses nationwide & the Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar is particularly amazing. it’s aged for 15 months, is super sharp (just how cheddar should be!), & just so happens to melt into the perfect cheesy pockets in a no-knead spicy cheese bread. a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

you could make this no-knead spicy cheese bread for football parties, to serve with soup & chili, or even just as a fun snack, because it really couldn’t be easier to make. 

how to make no-knead spicy cheese bread:a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

even if you’ve never made homemade bread before, i promise you that you can throw together no-knead spicy cheese bread like a pro.a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipea foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipea foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipea foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipea foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

  • prepping the dough: about 12 hours before you’d like to bake your no-knead spicy cheese bread, you need to prep the dough to give it a chance to rise. it takes a little bit of planning, but when it comes to making the dough, it’s really just a one-bowl, 10 minute task. if you’re serving the bread with dinner you could even quickly prep the dough in the morning before you head to work.
  • preheating the dutch oven: the secret to achieving the perfect crusty texture of this no-knead spicy cheese bread lies in a roaring hot dutch oven. once the dough has risen, & about 30 minutes before you want to bake your bread, pop your dutch oven into your oven. providing the dutch oven time to heat thoroughly & evenly creates the most beautiful crust while baking the bread.
  • an egg wash: just before you transfer the no-knead spicy cheese bread dough to the heated dutch oven to bake, you finish it with an egg wash. this creates a beautiful glossy finish to the no-knead spicy cheese bread, similar to stella’s *insert heart eyes here*.

a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipeit goes without saying no-knead spicy cheese bread is about to be your new favorite food.

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a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack! #playswellwithbutter #nokneadbread #cheesebread #easybreadrecipe #dutchovenbread #stellascheesebread #spicycheesebread #wisconsinrecipe

no-knead spicy cheese bread


  • Author: jess larson | plays well with butter
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 hours (includes inactive time)
  • Yield: 1 loaf bread, serves 4-6
  • Category: no-knead bread, dutch oven bread, cheese bread

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a foolproof recipe for making no-knead spicy cheese bread at home in a dutch oven like a pro! no-knead spicy cheese bread is ridiculously easy to make (only 10 minutes of prep & 5 ingredients needed!), & it’s especially ridiculously easy to eat. great with soup, chili, to serve at a tailgate party, or just as a snack!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, divided
  • 8 ounces Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar, diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm water
  • 1 large egg yolk

Instructions

  1. Make the no-knead spicy cheese bread dough: About 12 hours before you’d like to bake your no-knead spicy cheese bread, make the dough. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, yeast, & 1 teaspoon of the crushed red pepper flakes. Whisk to combine. Add in the diced cheese, gently tossing the cheese to coat it in the flour mixture. This helps prevent the cheese from sinking to the bottom of the dough. Slowly & gradually pour in the lukewarm water, mixing the dough with a wooden spoon until just combined. The dough will look shaggy & will be very sticky at this point – & that’s totally fine! Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel & let rest in a warm, dry place for 12 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees about 30 minutes before you are ready to bake the no-knead spicy cheese bread. Make sure one of the oven’s racks is positioned in the middle of the oven, & place an oven-safe dutch oven (at least 4-quart) on the rack, with its lid on, to heat along with the oven while it preheats. Once the oven is preheated, let the dutch oven sit in the hot oven for 20 minutes longer to really make sure it’s up to temperature – I literally set a cook timer for 20 minutes once the oven is preheated.
  3. Prep the dough: Meanwhile, as the oven preheats, transfer the no-knead spicy cheese bread dough to a large piece of parchment paper. I like to quickly spritz my hands with nonstick cooking spray – it makes it so much easier to handle the dough without it sticking to your hands! Using a pastry brush, brush the surface of the dough with the egg yolk, then sprinkle on the remaining 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
  4. Bake the no-knead spicy cheese bread: Once the dutch oven is up to temperature, very carefully remove it from the oven. Quickly & carefully remove the lid of the dutch oven, place the no-knead spicy cheese bread dough inside (you can just drop the parchment paper right in!), put the lid back on the dutch oven, & place the dutch oven back into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the lid from the dutch oven & bake, uncovered, for an additional 20 minutes, or until the dough is crusty & golden brown (see photos above for reference).
  5. To serve, carefully remove the bread from the dutch oven. You can just lift the parchment paper right out of the dutch oven. Allow to cool slightly before slicing or tearing the bread – remember it’s got molten-hot pools of melty cheese! Devour! Enjoy!!!

Notes

  • This no-knead spicy cheese bread is spicy – definitely spicy enough to let you know that the crushed red pepper flakes are there, but not so spicy that it’s overwhelming. If you have an aversion to spicy foods, you can simply scale back or omit the crushed red pepper flakes.
  • I have been making no-knead bread for several years, after first coming across the technique here. I have made it my own over time, but this method is literally foolproof!
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2 Comments

  1. Can fresh minced garlic be added to the dough, or, would it burn and turn bitter?
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    • hey hollie! i would be worried about the garlic burning, especially if any bits get mixed into where the outer crust develops against the dutch oven. instead, i’d suggest using granulated garlic (1/2 teaspoon, or so), or if you grate fresh garlic against a microplane, it should be fine enough to avoid burning. let me know if you try! xoxo

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