Everyone loves the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. Not to mention my favorite peasant bread that would always make its way to the dinner table on special occasions. It has a dangerous combo of that crispy outer crust and a fluffy inside, which makes it very tempting to eat the whole thing in one sitting. Not to mention the garlic and cheddar cheese that we added into the bread.

Worried that the recipe will get a bit too complicated? No problem, we have you covered. This recipe calls for minimal ingredients, so there’s no need to take an extra trip to the grocery store.

Concerned about it taking all day to make? We have that taken care of as well, the total time from start to finish is two and a half hours, most of that time dedicated to the dough rising.

Convinced to give this a try yet? I know I am!

Cheddar Garlic Peasant Bread

  • Prep Time:2 hours
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Servings:6
  • Medium


  • 4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup warm water
  • 1 active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 garlic
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour and salt.


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  • Step 2

    In another bowl, mix the sugar to the water. Then sprinkle in the yeast. Let this stand for 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • Step 3

    Once the yeast has stood and is foamy, add it to the flour mixture. Mix until it is homogenous. Then cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Let it stand for an hour to allow the dough to rise. Be sure to put the bowl in a warm place.

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  • Step 4

    Mince 3 cloves of garlic and cook them in a small pan to a light brown color with olive oil.

  • Step 5

    Split the dough into two pieces of equal size using two forks to pull the dough apart. It will be very sticky, but you got this. Grease two oven safe bowls with your garlic and olive oil mixture and place each piece into one of these bowls. Once in the bowls, punch down each piece of dough and cover it with a towel. Let it rise for 15 minutes.

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  • Step 6

    Cut up some cheddar cheese into small cubes. Sprinkle this on top of both of your doughs. Bake both bowls with your dough in it for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, decrease the temperature to 350°F and bake the bread for 15 to 20 more minutes.

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  • Step 7

    If a knife goes through your bread clean, it’s done!

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