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

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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.

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151 Comments

  1. Emilee Johnson says:

    Delicious recipe! I made my own sun-dried tomatoes for this and it was baked perfectly at 47 minutes! Will definitely be making this again for dinners.

  2. Maddie Harth says:

    Super easy to make and the flavor is amazing! I didn’t have a pastry cutter or food processor so I used a fork and my hands instead. It worked just as well!

  3. This was really delicious and came together quickly. I used a mix of parmesan and mozzarella in place of the Asiago and sautéed green bell pepper and pepperoni in place of the tomato. I also added some red pepper flake and oregano to boost the Italian flavor.

  4. Peggy Esposito says:

    I saw this recipe today and had to make it – made exactly as printed with asiago and sundried tomatoes…absolutely amazing…was only sorry it’s so hot here and can’t have this with a big bowl of soup – good fall recipe

  5. Diane Schmidtke says:

    This recipe is quick and easy. The flavors are robust! If you’re looking for a special hostess gift, I highly recommend this recipe.

  6. Karen Lawson says:

    Another fabulously delicious recipe! So easy, savory, tender, not dense at all, I can’t wait to try other flavor combinations!

  7. I made this over the weekend and, as usual with any of your recipes, it was a hit. I used the food processor and I have to say the recipe was so easy to come together. I used gruyere and mini pepperoni slices since no one wanted the sun dried tomatoes. Next time I’m going to use mozzarella and proscuitto. Thank you for a great recipe.

  8. Kayla Brownlow says:

    I was a little hesitant about making this recipe, because I love the sweet quick breads so much that I thought a savory one might be a little odd. I was wrong! This bread is delicious and very easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly, adding asiago, fresh basil, and sundried tomato. When my husband took a bite he said, “Oh, heavens this is good.” I will definitely make this again and can’t wait to try it with cheddar cheese and jalapeno!

  9. Gail Maynard says:

    Do you use bleached or unbleached flour in the Asiago & Sun-Dried Tomato Quick Bread recipe

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Gail, we bake with unbleached flour when we can.

  10. Kathryn Welch says:

    This recipe was easy to bake and the directions were easy to follow. I just didn’t love the final product. I made the recipe as is, but I think I would have liked it better with rosemary instead of basil. The texture was also just a little different than what I expected in combination with the flavors; I would have preferred more of a biscuit texture.

  11. Hi,
    Is there a difference between Asiago and Aged Asiago? Would it make a difference if I use Aged Asiago for this recipe?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Dari, aged asiago will be perfect. Enjoy!

  12. Super easy to throw together and super delicious! My whole house smelled amazing!

  13. This bread is easy and tasty! I think the sun-dried tomatoes are such a lovely flavor.

  14. I opted to make sundried tomato-oregano bread with old cheddar. While the bread texture and flavour is good, I’m still not sure about the tomato. This was my first time baking with sundried-tomato.

  15. This was a delicious savory bread. It would be great with a soup, stew or pasta dish. Our family is gluten free due to a family member with Celiac disease, so I made this as written with Cup for Cup GF flour, and it turned out absolutely perfect. The bread rose well and had a moist, but not dense crumb. I will definitely make it again.

  16. I made a spinach and artichoke variety using the recipe and detail guidelines and it turned out fabulous!

  17. This tastes so good and it’s super easy to make…not even lunch time yet and I’ve got a freshly made loaf out of the oven. I baked for over 50 minutes and it seems to have sunk in the middle…I suspect that it probably needed a little bit longer in the oven given that the bit I’ve sliced into is quite dense and *moist* rather than looking like your pictures. Will have to give it another go sometime!

  18. Kathryn Locke says:

    This recipe is delicious!! The smell and flavor of this bread are absolutely wonderful! The texture is different from any savory bread I’ve had before (a little wet and more spongy) but the flavor is spot on! I used all Parm for the cheese and it was perfectly finished at 47 minutes! I really love how easy this is!

  19. This bread is fantastic! I used half whole wheat flour and a bit more buttermilk because of this, and it came out perfect! You honestly don’t even need butter on it! I paired with Mediterranean chicken and just dipped this bread in the juices – WOW!

  20. Judy DeLuca says:

    This quick bread is so tasty and delicious !! I actually sliced the remaining bread loaf and froze it and I take a slice out whenever I want a slice. Honestly, it’s so good that I have been eating for breakfast with some melted butter. So good!!

  21. Melanie M. says:

    I made a gluten free variation with quinoa flour (1 cup), chickpea flour (1 cup), and coconut flour (1 tbsp). Add ins were rosemary, bacon, korean peppers (similar to jalapeños), and cheddar cheese. The texture was more of a corn bread style since I made it gluten free but Sally’s recipe is absolutely delicious! It was so quick, easy, and definitely something I’ll be making again and again with different flavors!

  22. Big hit with my group of friends! Great appetizer option and easy to make! Can’t wait to bake again.

  23. Pochoday-Stelmach Donna says:

    Hi, I baked the Cheese and sundried tomato Quick Bread today. It was the right amount of savory and salty. However immediately upon pulling it out of the oven it started to sink in the middle as it was cooling. Al, so the bread had some dense spots at the bottom. I’m not sure if it’s because I used quite oily sun-dried tomatoes and have that added to much liquid, but overall it was delicious and it would go perfectly with appetizers of meats and cheese. I did use shredded Mexican cheese combination instead of only Asiago.
    I would make again.

  24. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious! Next time I’m going to make a variation using sea salt and fresh rosemary.

  25. This bread is so good! I made the recipe as written, very easy to follow. I’d be curious to try different combinations of herbs and cheese.

  26. Lisa Koonce says:

    This was delicious! I love how quickly it comes together with ingredients you probably already have in your house! Also seems like things could be substituted easily if you prefer a different cheese or spice. This is the perfect bread to bring along to those summer picnics and impress all your friends! I would recommend keeping an eye on it browning in the oven and put foil over it if necessary, mine was almost too brown.

  27. I love this recipe! I followed the banana muffin baking directions and baked the batter in a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan for the sake of easy, tidy servings and it worked out perfectly. This savory quick bread is awesome as a side for dinner or brunch! Easy to customize to your preferences, too.

  28. Top notch as expected. Sally’s recipes are always so easy to follow and this one is no different. I made it as written but I’m already plans other flavor combinations. Pizza (oregano, sun dried tomato, pepperoni), jalapeno popper ( jalapeno, cream cheese and cilantro), bacon, cheddar and chives.

  29. We loved this bread! We made ours “pizza bread” and instead of sun-dried tomatoes and asiago, we did pepperoni and mozzarella. Very yummy! Also easy to make. Thanks for another great recipe!

  30. Heidi Merritt says:

    Baked this last night and couldn’t wait to try it! It did not disappoint and I will be making it again. The sun dried tomatoes I had were not oil packed so I let them soak for a couple days in some olive oil and it did the trick…

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