Cheese And Pepper Loaf

Monsoon is in its retreating phase. We had a fair share of rain here though it was scanty in the beginning. Earth is pulsating with life. Every seed that fell into the parched earth has turned into a miniature tree. Our kitchen garden has turned into a forest with hundreds of Neem, Jamun and Ashoka trees growing and affirming struggle for existence and the survival of the fittest. Earth is a great transformer. Give it a seed, it will grow into a tree which will produce a hundred seeds with each seed promising to become a tree, thus sustaining itself and restoring balance. Only if we could learn from the Earth’s generosity!

 Recently, we baked Cheese and Pepper spiral loaf for dinner. It is a must-try recipe. The cheesy-peppery flavour of the bread is a sure heart winner!

Cheese And Pepper Loaf


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons  oil
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup water (start with ½ cup water; if the dough feels dry gradually add more warm water while kneading)
  • ¾ cup grated cheese (I used Amul processed cheese)


  1. Mix together warm milk, ½ cup water,  and add yeast to it. Mix well and cover.
  2. The mixture should turn frothy in 15-20 minutes. 
  3. In the meantime, sieve together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour and salt.  Add oil and mix well. Now add ground pepper and grated cheese. Mix evenly. Now add water, milk mixture and knead for about 5 – 8 minutes. The dough should be very soft. Add more warm water if needed.
  4. Those using active dry yeast may place the dough in a large bowl and cover it with a damp cloth for about an hour or till the dough becomes double in size. Punch and knead again for 5 minutes. 
  5. Grease the baking tray or a rectangular loaf tin. Divide the dough into 3 parts. Make a braid that is long enough to fit into the loaf pan you are using.
  6.  Place the loaf in the prepared loaf pan. Cover with a damp cloth and keep it for one and a half hours or until double in size.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees C on the central rack for about 20 minutes till the top turns golden.
  8.  Remove from the oven after 5 minutes. Remove from the tray after another five minutes. Place on the cooling rack and brush the top with butter.
  9. Slice the loaf when cold.


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  1. Hi Namita,

    I happened to chance upon your blog and I must say these recipes are delightful! You make bread baking sound so easy I'm tempted to try it out. :-) Would you please suggest what could be served (preferably something savoury) along side this Cheese and Pepper loaf for a light evening meal.


  2. Hello Preethi,
    You are welcome to the gratifying and addictive world of bread baking. Please go ahead and start baking breads. You will be temped to bake one everyday.
    We generally have boiled vegetables sprinkled with herbs or simple vegetable stew with breads.

  3. Two days back I happened to see your blog and believe me I have been hooked to write so beautifully that not only am I excited about baking but also I have started thinking about a visit to the Himalayas......yesterday I tried the whole wheat Tea cake and it was perfect, today I baked the banana marble cake and that was great too.......thanks for all the inspiration....

  4. Can i use self raising flour for breads?

    1. Hello Rajashri, These are yeasted breads. You will have to use yeast for the breads. Please use plain flour for these. Self raising flour is used for quick breads.

  5. Thank U Namita for your quick revert. will do the same.

  6. Hi...Im in the process of baking this bread and I hv a doubt. I hv kneaded the dough but suddenly realized that though u hv mentioned in ingredients u haven't added sugar in the actual recipe. So neither hv I. Will it still work?

    1. Hello, I am sorry for the oversight.... I have edited the recipe. Thank you for getting it to my notice. Yes, the dough will still rise. Sugar is more for taste. I hope your bread came out well!