Apple Cider Cheddar Bread

Apple Cider Cheddar Bread. A simple, no-knead bread made with hard apple cider, grated apples and cheddar cheese.

Beer bread seems to  be a pretty popular thing in the food blog universe right now. (Food Blogiverse?  Nope. Never mind.)

I have tried a number of blogger recipes and they’ve all turned out fantastically well. They’re all similar in that they require no yeast and no kneading whatsoever, but rather feature a healthy dose of bubbly beer and a drizzle of melted butter to produce soft-on-the-inside, crunchy-topped loaves of heaven.

Apple Cider Cheddar Bread. A simple, no-knead bread made with hard apple cider, grated apples and cheddar cheese.

I actually attempted my own version of beer bread months ago, only with different flavours. I thought it would be genius to use a maple-flavoured beer and add maple syrup to the batter, but my proportions must have been off because the end result of that endeavour was dense and dry and absolutely not blog-worthy. I’ll have to try that flavour combination again, thought, as I do think it has potential!

This version uses hard cider for the beer component (I used Strongbow – a dry cider made from “bittersweet cider and culinary apples”), as well as freshly grated Granny Smith apples and mounds of chopped sharp cheddar cheese. If you love the combination of apples and cheese, this bread is for you. If you hate the combination of apples and cheese, I still insist you try this bread, as it is so good I think it will make a believer out of you.

Apple Cider Cheddar Bread. A simple, no-knead bread made with hard apple cider, grated apples and cheddar cheese.

The grated apples make sure the bread stays unbelievably moist, and their flavour (unsurprisingly) pairs perfectly with the cider. The cheddar melts into every nook and cranny as the loaf bakes, and any lucky pieces of cheese that are on the outside edges of the  loaf get crispy and brown, just like when you make a grilled cheese sandwich and the cheese oozes out over the edges of the bread. The overall flavour ends up being a nice balance between sweet and savoury.

I fully recommend eating this as soon as you can once it’s out of the oven and is still steaming hot. However, leftovers will keep for a day or so covered at room temperature. I suggest toasting leftover slices or tossing them in the microwave for a few seconds before eating.

One last recommendation: take a slice of this bread, top it with mayo, tomatoes, lettuce and bacon, and you will have made the greatest open-faced BLT of your life!

Apple Cider Cheddar Bread. A simple, no-knead bread made with hard apple cider, grated apples and cheddar cheese.

Apple Cider Cheddar Bread
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Serves: 10
  • 2 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese, cubed or grated
  • 12 oz (1 and ½ cups) hard cider, such as Strongbow
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add grated apple and cheddar and toss to combine. Carefully add cider and mix together gently, just until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and spread into an even layer. Drizzle the melted butter evenly on top. Bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a tester inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Serve immediately.



  1. Laurie Waldron says

    Hi, I am Cindy Marshall’s, a co-worker of yours, Partner. I am a foodie/wino. I absolutely adore your blog and today’s Apple Cider Cheddar Bread looks and sounds delicious. Although I do not bake much, you have inspired me and I am going give this a try!

    Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Laurie! I remember you (of course), and I’m so glad you are liking the blog. I hope the bread turns out for you, and hope to see you again soon!

  2. says

    Oh geez! This bread looks amazing. I feel like even those words are trivial in describing how delicious this looks. Cheese bread has to be one of my all-time favorite foods and you’ve just taken it to a whole new level with this apple & cider combo. Pinned! And you can be sure I will be trying this out very soon. Also, don’t give up on that maple-beer combo, that sounds great too. : )

    • says

      Wow, thank you Crystal! Cheese bread (in any form) is also a favourite of mine, but I don’t make it often because I inevitably eat the whole batch/loaf. This was no exception, and I’m sure you will like it too!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh, I just got so excited when I stumbled across this recipe!! I LOVE the combo of cheddar and apples (my mom used to make cheddar apple cinnamon bagel toasts for me when I was little), and this bread looks SO delicious! I’ve never tried making bread with hard cider before – can’t wait to try it!

    • says

      I hope you like it! The cheddar/apple/cinnamon bagel combo sounds delicious too – kind of the same idea as an apple pie with cheddar in the crust? I think I’ll have to try it!