Asiago Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomato Quick Bread

This asiago cheese & sun-dried tomato bread is a savory quick bread made without yeast. You’ll cut cold butter into dry ingredients, which is the same technique utilized in scones, pie crust, and biscuits— this helps promise a deliciously flaky exterior. We usually make it with asiago cheese and fresh basil or parsley, but you can use your favorite cheeses, herbs, and even swap out the sun-dried tomatoes for corn, olives, chopped cooked bacon, and more. See flavor options below.

asiago cheese sun-dried tomato quick bread

Savory Quick Bread Details

  • Flavor: Though the recipe calls for asiago cheese, fresh basil, and sun-dried tomatoes, the flavor can really be whatever you make it. This bread batter is very forgiving and we’ve tried it with plenty of add-ins including bacon, olives, feta cheese, and more. The base flavor is buttery and savory, with a hint of fresh pepper and garlic (feel free to add more!). Creamy nutty asiago cheese fits right in if you want to try that first!
  • Texture: It may be difficult to wrap your head around a savory quick bread, especially when you’re used to banana bread and cranberry bread. But despite its loaf shape, this quick bread isn’t really like either. The bread’s crumb is more similar to cornbread— though there’s no cornmeal in the batter– and its exterior reminds me of biscuits or scones. It’s soft, moist, and slightly dense.
  • Ease: This is a quick and easy recipe, but the butter step could be new to some beginner bakers. A pastry cutter or food processor makes this step quicker and more manageable, but you could certainly use a fork if needed. You’ll appreciate that this recipe delivers big as a bread and that there’s no dough rising or large time commitment required. It’s wonderful as a side dish for most dinners including soup, chili, salad, meatballs, and more. (And if you need a suggestion, we enjoyed it with lemon herb salmon and a side salad!)

Recipe Testing This Savory Quick Bread

When I began working on this recipe, I started by using olive oil as the fat in the batter. The resulting texture was too cake-like– honestly, it was just a confusing piece of bread/cake because the texture screamed “sweet!” but the flavor was savory and salty. It didn’t go over well with many taste testers! I tried melted butter, but the results were mediocre at best– still a lot of that contradicting flavor and texture.

*Cut in Cold Butter: Using the same amount of butter but adding it in a different way was the fix the bread (and all of us!) craved. The texture had an instant improvement. Oh, the magic of butter. Make sure it’s extra cold and work the butter into the dry ingredients until coarse crumbs form:

cold butter cut into dry ingredients with a pastry cutter

After you cut the butter into the dry ingredients, mix in the cheese and add-in (sun-dried tomatoes, if using), then mix in your wet ingredients. The batter is thick, chunky, and sticky. You cannot bake this batter on a baking sheet because it’s quite loose. For other pan options, see the recipe notes below.

savory quick bread batter shown in stages of preparation

asiago cheese and sun-dried tomato quick bread in loaf pan

Flavor Options

Think of this bread as having 3 add-ins including (1) cheese, (2) herbs, and (3) extras like sun-dried tomatoes. You can swap and substitute your favorites as long as you stick with the base recipe including buttermilk, eggs, flour, baking powder & soda, sugar, salt & pepper, and cold butter. Here are some suggestions– there are endless variations!

  1. Herbs: I recommend 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil and parsley here, but feel free to substitute your favorite herb. If you’re using a fresh herb that isn’t leafy such as rosemary or thyme, reduce the amount down to 1 Tablespoon. If using dried herbs, reduce down to 1 teaspoon.
  2. Shredded Cheese: Asiago cheese is a favorite, but I’ve tested this batter with parmesan cheese, crumbled feta cheese (I reduced down to 1 cup feta, but feel free to use the full amount), sharp cheddar, white cheddar, gouda, and pepper jack. Avoid super soft cheeses. You can leave out the cheese if you’d like, but you’ll lose some flavor. If skipping the cheese, add extras like another few Tablespoons of chopped sun-dried tomatoes or any of the other options described in Extras next.
  3. Extras: I stick with 1/3 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes because this amount adds enough flavor without overpowering the bread. If you want to use other extras, you could definitely increase that amount to about 3/4 – 1 cup and use chopped or sliced olives, corn (cooked or canned, and if using frozen, thaw first), finely chopped pepperoni, or chopped cooked bacon. 1 finely diced jalapeño is another great option and would pair wonderfully with cheddar cheese and 1 Tablespoon of fresh oregano as the herb. I haven’t tested this with wetter additions like roasted red peppers, but if you do, use about 1/2 cup chopped and pat it dry with a towel before adding to the batter.

Let me know if there are any other combinations you try!

sun-dried tomato quick bread slices

For a yeasted bread using similar flavors, try this rosemary garlic pull apart bread or this homemade cheese bread. Both have been extremely popular!


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Asiago & Sun-Dried Tomato Quick Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This asiago cheese & sun-dried tomato bread is a savory quick bread made without yeast. We usually make it as written, but you can use your favorite cheeses, herbs, and even swap out the sun-dried tomatoes for corn, olives, chopped cooked bacon, and more. See flavor options described above.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240ml) cold buttermilk*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (6g) chopped fresh basil or parsley*
  • 5 Tablespoons (72g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) shredded asiago cheese*
  • 1/3 cup (50g) chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with butter or nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk and eggs together until combined.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, garlic powder, sugar, salt, pepper, and basil/parsley together in a large bowl or pulse together in a large food processor. Add the cubed butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or by pulsing several times in the processor. Cut/pulse until coarse crumbs form. If you used a food processor, pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Stir in the cheese and sun-dried tomatoes until combined, then pour in the buttermilk mixture and stir to combine. Batter is thick, chunky, and sticky.
  5. Pour/spread batter into prepared pan. Feel free to lightly sprinkle with additional fresh pepper and/or cheese. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Start checking at about 47 minutes. Halfway through bake time, if you notice the top is quickly browning, tent a piece of aluminum foil over the loaf pan to help the bread bake more evenly.
  6. Cool bread in the pan set on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving or cool completely in the pan.
  7. Cover leftovers tightly and store bread at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Baked and cooled bread freezes well up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  2. Buttermilk: Buttermilk is required for this recipe. You can make your own DIY version of buttermilk by measuring 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring glass. Add enough milk (whole milk is best– lower fat or nondairy milks work in a pinch, but the cake won’t taste as moist or rich) in the same measuring glass to reach 1 cup. Stir it around and let sit for 5 minutes. The soured milk will be somewhat curdled and ready to use in your recipe.
  3. Garlic: Feel free to skip the garlic powder and replace with 3 cloves of minced garlic. Add it when you add the garlic powder.
  4. Do not leave out the sugar. You really need it to balance out the robust salty and savory flavors– the flavor is quite flat without it.
  5. Cheese & Herbs: For other flavor options such as a replacement for the asiago cheese or if you want to use dried herbs or other fresh herbs, see details above.
  6. Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Use sun-dried tomatoes that are packed in oil. No need to pat dry, but try to avoid getting a lot of excess oil in the batter. We found dry sun-dried tomatoes dried out the texture of the bread.
  7. Muffins or Other Size Pans: Feel free to bake this batter in a greased or lined muffin pan to yield about 12 muffins. Prepare batter as directed, then use the same baking instructions as banana muffins. (Steps 1 and 3.) You can also bake this batter in a greased 9-inch square baking pan or a seasoned 9-inch or 10-inch cast iron skillet. Bake time at 350°F (177°C) is at least 25 minutes, but use a toothpick to test for doneness.

Keywords: savory quick bread, asiago cheese sun-dried tomato bread

How to Join the June Sally's Baking Challenge

Make the savory quick bread. Feel free to make it as directed or use different herbs/cheese/add-ins. Have fun with the flavors! You can also bake it as muffins or in another pan listed in the recipe notes. If you aren’t into this recipe, here is the alternate baking challenge recipe:

  1. any previous challenge recipe you haven’t made yet OR
  2. Strawberry Vanilla Crisp. This recipe utilizes a similar process of cutting cold butter into a flour mixture. It’s a wonderful dessert as we welcome summer.

After you make the savory quick bread or the alternate recipe, email us your recipe photo. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the recipe below.

By emailing your recipe photo to us, you are automatically entered in the baking challenge. 1 winner receives a $250 Amazon Gift Card. The challenge is open to the whole world. Challenge ends on June 30th at 5pm eastern. The winner will be selected at random, emailed their prize, and posted in the July Baking Challenge blog post on July 1st 2021.

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151 Comments

  1. Wow, this loaf is SO GOOD! I didn’t have fresh herbs so I used dried basil leaves and it worked perfectly. This recipe was very straightforward to follow and super simple to put together. The combination of flavors is seriously to die for. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  2. Sandra Dugan says:

    Made this bread this week – it was easy and delicious.

    1. Lauren Collier says:

      This was so easy and so delicious! It’s so good served warm with butter. I used fresh minced garlic and basil in mine and sprinkled a bit of parmesan on the top because I ran out of asiago. I made one loaf for me and my husband and one to give away. Can’t wait to share this delicious loaf!

  3. Sally Skjaret says:

    I was on the fence as I read this recipe. But I dived in, and, oh my goodness! My family thinks I’m a genius. Very tasty. Thank you for encouraging me to make something I would never do otherwise.

  4. Made exactly according to directions as far as add-ins (tomatoes, basil, Asiago)… wow! It was like a Tuscan flavor explosion! Very moist with a nice crumb, almost biscuit-like. I definitely want to try this again with different add-ins.

  5. This bread came together quickly with the aid of the food processor. I am excited for all the savory flavors of this month’s recipe!

  6. Chris Carson says:

    So wonderful! Easy to bake and so tasty!!! Got lots of MMMMMs when serving to our guests! Another winner Sally!

  7. Will make this soon, sounds wonderful. The texture reminds me of beer bread. So good!

  8. Delicious! Bread intimidates me, so it was great to have a savory quick bread recipe that was so easy. My four year old even help We made ours with parsley and Asiago cheese. Will definitely make again.

  9. Yum!! I’ve made a similar recipe to this with roasted pumpkin & feta in it and its delicious!! Can’t wait to this recipe though…flavour combo sounds perfect!

  10. Marilyn Crawford says:

    Just pulled this delicious bread out of the oven. I followed the directions exactly (except omitted the garlic because of allergy) and it came together beautifully. The pepper gives it a bit of a kick. One note….do warn your taste testers that it is a savory loaf. I laughed out loud at the expression on my husband’s face after his first bite. He expected it to be sweet but he did like it after that.

  11. The bread was delicious! I used fresh basil and thyme and swapped the sun dried tomatoes out for bacon! I cooked them in four mini loaf pans for sharing, and they turned out wonderful!

  12. I made this quick bread today and it was delicious! I couldn’t find Asiago cheese and used sharp cheddar instead and it was delicious! I also added some chopped prosciutto and it made the bread extra tasty. Thank you for the challenge and recipe!

  13. Alexis Samson says:

    Amazing recipe! For mine, I used 1 tsp dried basil, 50 g diced sun dried tomatoes, and 190 g shredded mozzarella cheese. It turned out amazing! It had a light and fluffy texture but still had a rich and cheesy flavor. Super easy recipe that I will definitely make again. Wonderful bread my whole family loved!

  14. This bread is so delicious! I used fresh parsley and oh my, it was a heavenly combination. I have never been more impressed with a bread that doesn’t use yeast. It was fluffy and very savory!

  15. Oh wow, this bread came out tasting absolutely incredible! I couldn’t find asiago cheese at any of my local supermarkets so I used authentic parmesan instead – the whole family loved it!

  16. I love this combination. I used a combination of Asiago and a local, bandaged Cheddar. Half parsley, half basil. I made them in mini loaf pans. So good. Thank you. I know I’ll make this again and again.

  17. Sheighlyn R Berbig says:

    Savory goodness! It was easy to make and delicious to eat.

  18. Super easy recipe to follow and make. It turned out perfectly. However, my husband and I did not care for it. The texture is a bit crumbly and it just doesn’t seem to go well with other foods. It’s just personal preference though; the recipe was not at fault.

  19. What an easy, delicious recipe! I used sun-dried tomatoes, sharp cheddar, rosemary, and a dash of red pepper flakes for a kick. The bread is amazing and I’m in love with how fluffy the center is.

  20. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It was absolutely delicious! I did the same flavorings except swapped cheddar cheese for the asiago. I will definitely be making this again!

  21. Packed with flavor! My parsley and basil pots were overflowing so this was a great way to use them. If you grow your own herbs, this recipe is a great find. Less than two hours to delicious, flavorful bread!

    My oregano pot is now overflowing so I’ll be trying the jalapeño cheddar variation next!

  22. I forgot to add the sugar but it still turned out awesome. I will try it with the sugar next time to see what it tastes like. My 7 year old won’t eat the sundried tomatoes so I will try other add-ins next time but wanted to try the original recipe first. Loved it!

  23. This turned out beautifully even with all my non dairy substitutes including using violife aged cheddar.

  24. Dara Lockwood says:

    I couldn’t find Asiago at my grocery store so I substituted parmesan (based on what I read in the comments). This bread was absolutely delicious! It was so moist and flavourful! My boyfriend devoured most of it! It was also very easy to make. Definitely a recipe I will make again.

  25. This was delicious and flavorful! I followed the recipe exactly as written (at 5300’ elevation no less!), using a mix of fresh parsley and basil. It took about 48 minutes in the oven. Thanks for a great recipe!

  26. I used corn and parmisan for mine and it was delicious! I also picked fresh herbs from the community garden too! This turned out so well! Fluffy, buttery and satisfying!

  27. Kristen Andrews says:

    Delicious and different! I loved the texture of this bread and it was so flavorful. I didn’t taste as much of the cheese as I thought I would, but it’s still definitely a great recipe. I can see how it would be very flexible in terms of the add-ins. I may try something different next time, but I really loved the recipe as written too.

  28. What a great easy recipe! Smells so good in here! I used cracked pepper aged cheddar and Mrs Dash mixed with fresh basil and sundried tomatoes. Thanks!

  29. Ohhh man this was so good and quick to make! As suggested, I subbed the garlic powder for some garlic cloves which made all the difference and made it so fragrant along with the fresh parsley and basil. I only had dry sun-dried tomatoes so I soaked them in advance and they turned out great! The bread was super soft and delicious and the whole family loved it!

  30. Candy Conrad says:

    Yum, yum! This is soooooo good, thanks for another winning recipe!
    I did have to sub aged Swiss for the Asiago though since I couldn’t find any in our little podunk town. LOL!!

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