ffwD: Savory Cheese & Chive Bread

I barely had time to squeeze in this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe! However, I was able to make it home Thursday after work, gather and assemble all the ingredients, and pop the loaf pan into the oven before my family and I went out to dinner. No, we weren’t eating this bread as part of our dinner, but we did manage to sample a slice (or two) before heading out the door. They’ll be taking the rest of the loaf with them when they leave tomorrow morning. (I don’t think I could be trusted with the rest by myself!)

The twist to this bread was incorporating chunks of cheese in addition to shredded cheese. I only made a couple of substitutions. For instance, I only had skim milk on hand. I used mild cheddar for the shredded cheese while I used smoked Gruyère for the cheese chunks. And, I liked the green flecks from the chives so much that I added more like 3/4 cup to my dough. My only other comment about the process was that I was concerned that the bread wasn’t rising enough and my resulting loaf seemed a bit flat. Maybe I used a too large of a loaf pan. (It wouldn’t be the first time I used the wrong size pan!) Oh, and I may have been a bit overzealous about buttering my loaf pan because the butter was bubbling around the edges of the bread when I took the pan out of the oven. But, it made the edges nice, crispy, and so buttery! My mother would take a bite, say “Mmm!”, and take another bite!

This bread was really delicious in its original form, but I’m excited to try different mix-ins, like bacon, sausage and I know one blogger used dried pear! Make sure to check out other bloggers’ thoughts and results of this savory cheese and chive bread at French Fridays with Dorie. As usual, the recipe for this dish can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ker-Yng
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 19:51:36

    Mm.. sounds delicious! I like how your loaf looks so golden and crispy around the edges! I skipped this week’s again … my schedule has been out of whack!

  2. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 20:25:27

    That sounds really good! Cheese and chives is a great combination. 🙂

  3. Ronda
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 21:34:53

    I have made similar loafs to this, but I did not succeed in making this one. I am glad to see that you did! It looks very yummy!

  4. Krissy
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 22:10:35

    This is a yummy bread . I used pans that were just a little larger and my loaves were a bit flat…but still beautiful. I really like all the pretty colors.

  5. Jessica
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 22:30:18

    It’s like Red Lobster cheddar biscuits, but in loaf form! Buttery edges are always good.

  6. Christina
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 23:11:27

    Mine was buttery around the edges too – I think it may have been the oil from the cheese? The crusty cheesey edges were my favorite part! Hope you had a good time with your family.

  7. StephIrey
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 23:27:17

    Love the mental image of the butter bubbling up the sides! Such a nice bread…will have to make it again…soon.

  8. Bizzy
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 23:31:10

    Wow! Yours is bursting with color. I love it. It was really good, wasn’t it? I Wonder if Ina has made anything like this?

  9. Allison
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 00:48:49

    I’m dying to try the bacon and dried pear too! So glad you got the chance to make this bread in time to send it away with your guests. They’ll love it in the car! So much better than fast food.

  10. Anita Menon
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 02:26:54

    Looks like it can be a hearty meal of its own. It looks beautiful too!

  11. Elaine
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 06:31:32

    I love that you can see the chunks of cheese in your bread. It looks golden and delicious!

  12. sanyaliving
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 06:44:24

    Your bread looks great! And pretty amazing you squeezed it in with everything else you’ve got going on!

  13. curtorimfoodieszone
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 07:38:46

    Ha ha , but ur dng way better than me , i have still to bake this and am trying to fit it tonight.
    And add lods of my home grown garlic chives and poppy seeds ,lol:-)
    Looks good , i so want that high mound thats there in the book and am planning to use a few mini pans , hope that works 🙂
    I am not suprised ur mom could not stop at one , it looks sooo good and i think buttering the sides(a lot) is so muc something i would love.

  14. Liz
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 07:42:24

    Your bread looks marvelous…even if it is a little flatter than you’d like, I think it’s a bonus as you get more yummy crust. I love the contrasting orange and green colors of your bread!

  15. Cher
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 07:46:09

    Hey – if you got the mother “mmm of approval” that’s all that matters.

  16. Kathy
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 08:15:56

    Your bread looks so yummy and how nice you got to share it with your family!
    Love the way your photos capture the pretty colors and cheese in your bread.

  17. Anne-Marie
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 08:27:32

    Who cares about the flatness? It looks great! Love the butter imagery. Butter is good for you.

  18. Adriana
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 08:40:15

    Those crisp edges are beautiful! I would be fighting over them. Happy Friday!

  19. Mary
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 09:17:41

    What a wonderfully savory bread. It really looks delicious. I hope you hae a great day. Blessings…Mary

  20. Trevor Sis Boom
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 09:25:25

    Oh this would be GREAT with sausage! Yes! People should worry about flat bread. Just cut into squares like corn bread, right?

  21. Betsy
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 10:03:57

    Looks delicious. Smoked Gruyere sounds great! I wonder if it was flat because your baking powder is old? That’s happened to me before. But you bake a lot, so you probably finish off a can before it expires. I loved how bubbly this was as it baked. Enjoy your family’s visit!

  22. blackbookkitchendiaries
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 11:11:52

    this looks really lovely and moist! yum:) i want a big piece of that right now:)

  23. Lola's Kitchen
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 11:15:09

    Next time I plan to use gruyere! Wasn’t this bread easy and delicious!

  24. Candy
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 11:22:55

    This is what I was expecting! Your bread looks delicious. I especially like the little chunks of cheese. Pretty platter.

  25. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 11:34:59

    Looks amazing with all those extra chives! 🙂

  26. Laural (bhealthier)
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 12:14:51

    wow, that bread looks so dang tasty. im addicted to your blog already by one post. YUM!

  27. Candy
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 13:42:14

    I’m glad you enjoyed this bread… and how wonderful you were able to share some with friends. I’m looking forward to trying some different additions too. Nice job! It looks wonderful, and once sliced, the perfect size!
    (oh, and I find that I’m always having to choose smaller when it comes to “Dorie” pan sizes… but in some ways, that is really good, not so much to be tempted by!!)

  28. Cakelaw
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 16:09:54

    This looks so good- makes me want some all over again. The chunks of cheese were genius- little cheesy nuggets studded throughout to hive you a nice surprise. I used skim milk and low fat cheese too, and who knows what quantity of chives- I wasn’t prepared to waste any, so I chopped up the whole bunch.

  29. sara
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 16:50:52

    Yum, your bread looks really delicious! 🙂

  30. Brownieville Girl
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 04:03:52

    My mouth is watering – delicious!

  31. Tricia
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 11:36:34

    You had my kind of French Friday ! I too was cooking at the last minute but thankfully this was a recipe that could handle it. Not to mention that Nana supplied me with some of the ingredients. Also looking forward to trying more options next time.

  32. Flourchild
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 16:51:03

    It looks amazing! I love all the colors!

  33. ryan
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 21:42:36

    Oh! Your bread looks so delicious and your post makes me very sad that I didn’t get to make it this week. It sounds so good. It is beautiful with the flecks of chives. I missed cooking this week 🙂 but will be back to it next week. I need to add this to my catch up pile b/c this looks wonderful! Great job!!

  34. Lana
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 23:53:21

    It was easy, quick, and tasty – cannot complain:) This recipe is a keeper for its versatility. I always have everything needed for the basic loaf and I love the convenience:)
    How nice of you to part with the bread and let your family have it for the road:)

  35. shanae Branham
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 01:35:32

    This looks like something my family would like. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Miri Leigh
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 02:23:55

    This sounds like a wonderful combination of ingredients! Thanks for posting!

  37. luciacara
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 06:59:20

    Your chunks of cheese look really good! Your “wrong” size pan turned out a good bread! I used very tiny chunks…overall, mine was bland.

  38. Renee (Kudos Kitchen)
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 08:41:13

    My stomach was literally growling as I read your post and looked at your pictures. I love your idea of adding bacon next time and to me the thought of butter bubbling around the edges of the pan could never be a bad thing!
    Your loaf looks so pretty. You’ve given me some really fun ideas to try with this bread next time. I appreciate your inspiration my friend 🙂

  39. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 09:12:43

    “mmm,” is what i said when i ate this, too! love the golden cheese on top.

  40. Quay Po Cooks
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:12:57

    When I see you use cheese and chive, I love this bread already! I wish your loaf of bread is front of me now:D

  41. Dimah
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:17:20

    first time here…
    This looks tempting!

  42. chefpandita
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 15:51:07

    Those cheese bits look so appetizing!

  43. chandrabali/rita dutt
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:31:53

    wow …wow…its superb

  44. peaseporridgepdx
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 22:36:06

    Smart of you to give it away. I ate it all. And it was so good!

  45. Terra
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 12:33:01

    Your bread turned out beautiful!!! If it was the wrong size pan, who cares, YUM!!! I had fun with this recipe too, but agree, I look forward to adding some fun to it next time…I like the idea of bacon:-)
    Take care,

  46. TheSceneFromMe
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 20:23:36

    This looks so delightful! I want a loaf NOW!

  47. Andrew
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 23:01:51

    That’s a very nice looking bread, I’ve had something similar before and it was really good.

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