This jalapeno cheese bread recipe is made easier by using the bread machine. Set it and it’s ready in about two hours. Instructions for hand and stand mixing included.
How do you serve this bread?
You’ll only need a few standard ingredients to make this delicious jalapeno cheese bread.
Try it for sandwiches, taking your favorite sandwich to the next level.
Grilled cheese is always a hit. Why not? Cheese on cheese. I’m not going to complain.
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Dunk big chunks of this cheese bread in your favorite soup.
How about cutting it into cubes and toasting in the air fryer? You will have delicious croutons for your next salad. Four or five minutes at 400°. You won’t regret it.
I like to use bread flour in this bread. I’ve used all purpose flour to make it as well, without any change in taste. The texture was a little different.
Active Dry Yeast
I always use active dry yeast. If you want to use a different yeast, make adjustments to the instructions as necessary.
The milk powder in this bread gives it a nice smooth flavor. It’s not essential, though. If you don’t have any, you can omit it. Or substitute the one cup water for 50/50 water and milk. You will have to heat it, though.
I always remove the seeds from jalapenos. If you want more heat, go ahead and leave them in there. I’ll never tell.
Try using red jalapenos for more color. Of course, that will give more heat as well. Don’t want any heat at all? Use red or green bell peppers.
If you want to use other peppers, have a look at our Scoville Heat Scale to get an idea of which ones are hot, hotter and hottest.
You can use mild or sharp cheddar. Or, if you prefer, you can use whatever shredded cheese you have on hand. Use pepper jack, if you want to give more of a bite than you already get from the jalapeños.
I’ve used standard granulated sugar for this recipe. I’ve never tried any sugar substitutes but now I’m curious. I wonder whether something like monk fruit would work. I’ll have to give it a try.
I’ve used other oils as well. Safflower, avocado or even vegetable oil will work.
Using a bread machine
We use a Cuisinart bread machine, which has this nice 2-pound size rectangle bread pan.
I’ve provided standard filling intructions for the bread pan, but be sure to check your instruction booklet to make sure that your instructions mesh with my instructions.
There could be something there that I can’t foresee. Just in case.
I’ve used them interchangeably but you can expect there to be a texture difference. I found a really interesting article by Jennifer of Savory Simple on How to Make Bread Flour. You’ll need some vital wheat gluten for her recipe.
If you want something with less heat in this bread, try using red or green bell pepper. If you want about the same heat, try using poblano or Anaheim chiles. If you want to burn your tastebuds, use serrano.
Here is what it looks like when I fill up the bread pan. You fill it up and put it in the bread machine. That’s it.
Fill it up and press the button. Can it get any easier?
If you don’t have a bread machine, have a look at this Cuisinart Bread Machine (aff link) that we use. We’ve had it since 2013 and it still works great.
For more information, check out our Cuisinart Bread Maker Recipes.
Do I have to use a bread machine?
If you don’t have a bread machine, don’t worry. I’ve provided standard bread making instructions for a standing mixer and by hand.
It’s so easy to make bread in a bread machine. I use the bread maker exclusively even with fancier breads. It’s so easy to make the dough and then shape it any way you like.
More bread recipes
I’ve really been enjoying making bread and you can browse my bread machine recipes. Or, have a look at my other favorites:
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- Bread Machine, if using Bread Machine instructions (Cuisinart Bread Maker 2 Pound used)
- Standing Mixer with dough attachment, if using Standing Mixer instructions
- Standard Loaf Pan 9 x 5", if using oven for baking
- 1 cup Water, warm, 105-115°, to activate yeast
- 2 ¼ teaspoons Yeast, equal to one standard packet
- 3 tablespoons Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3.5 cups Bread Flour
- 2 tablespoons Milk Powder, instant dry milk powder
- 4 ounces Cheddar Cheese, about 1 cup when shredded
- 2 Jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Vegetable oil, optional, if making by hand or mixer
- Cooking Spray, like Pam, optional for any use other than baking in bread machine
- Proof the yeast: In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, stir together water, yeast and sugar until mixed well. Set aside.
- After 10-15 minutes, check the yeast to see that it has a nice foam layer to ensure the yeast is viable. If there is no foam layer, check your yeast. It may be expired and you'll need to try again.
- Add olive oil to bread pan in bread machine. Add yeast mixture to bread pan in bread machine. Add flour and milk powder to bread pan. Add shredded cheese to bread pan then add chopped jalapeno to bread pan. Add salt to bread pan.
- Set bread machine to bake, light or dark loaf as desired. Or, alternatively, if you prefer a standard size loaf, set to dough only.
- If making dough only, once bread machine is finished, remove dough ball and place in loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with towel and allow to rise about 20-25 minutes then proceed to baking in the oven, as below.
- Preheat oven to 375℉. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. It should sound hollow when tapped on the top.
- If desired, spread with butter and sprinkle on sea salt.
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