Jalapeno Cheddar Crusty Bread

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A few days ago I shared the recipe for Easy No Knead Crusty Bread from the Simply So Good website.  I finally got brave and mixed up a loaf of flavored bread.

One of the experiments was a Jalapeno Cheddar loaf.  I thought about this one for a few days, because I wasn’t sure whether to use fresh, pickled or canned jalapenos.  In the end I used the pickled jalapenos because a) I had them on hand; and b) I didn’t have to open a can of something and use about 1/5 of it.

The instructions about how much to add and when to add it were a little vague.  I put my Sherlock hat on and did some deducing.  

1) You’re not really supposed to mess with this bread much after you initially mix it up, so mashing in cheese and other things after it’s risen and before it goes in the oven with little to no raising time seemed counter-intuitive – so I decided to add the extra ingredients right in the initial mix-up.

2) Quantity in the original post is quite vague.  She added 2 1/2 Cups of cheese for 2 loaves, so I thought about 1 cup of cheese would do well, and about 2 Tbsp of Jalapenos.  This was based on her adding 2 full zested lemons to one recipe, and 3/4 Cup of cranberries to another.  Plus, the jalapenos are HOT, so I wanted the loaf to be edible.

It’s edible, it’s VERY edible!

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So here’s the final recipe:


Jalapeno Cheddar Crusty Bread
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Jalapeno Cheddar Crusty Bread


  • 3 C. Flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Yeast
  • 1 C. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 Tbps. Diced Pickled Jalapenos


  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, yeast and water and mix just slightly to combine
  2. Add in the cheese and Jalapenos and stir until just combined and the bread is shaggy
  3. Follow the instructions from the original No Knead Crusty Bread post for baking instructions.

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Easy No-Knead Crusty Bread from Simply So Good

My friend Jennifer over at AFlexibleLife.com turned me on to this recipe from the Simply So Good blog.  I have tried a few different kinds of “no knead” bread but really haven’t had much luck.  The loaves generally turned out really dense and tough.

A little history – I’m not a very good bread maker.  I was making a pretty nice recipe in my bread maker, but I only used the maker to knead, not to bake.  I got really sick of having a bread machine in my kitchen.  It’s clunky and only does one thing.  Pretty boring, so I got rid of it.

This bread truly is easy, you stir, let sit overnight, and bake.  The recipe doubles nicely – and please read the entire post about it at Simply So Good because you can add a bunch of different enhancements to the bread to flavor it.  I’m keen to try kalamata olive and rosemary soon.  Probably when Todd and my son are in Denver in a week for a bow show, both despise olives. Continue reading “Easy No-Knead Crusty Bread from Simply So Good”