Garlicky Pepperoni Cheese Bread – #TwelveLoaves

by Kate on September 21, 2012

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I have something to admit. I think that I can finally say that I’m no longer frightened at the prospect of using yeast and making bread. As of this loaf, making bread has become something I look forward to doing. I’ve had a few successes with my last couple of loaves and I officially enjoy making bread which I never thought I would.

This month for Twelve Loaves the theme is cheese. What’s not to like about that? I found myself immediately full of ideas and had a hard time narrowing it down. As always, our fearless leader Lora showed us the way with her savory pull apart bread filled with salami and Gouda. I wanted to make that right off the bat! I adore everything in and about that bread. Then Barb went and made my mouth water by making cheesy herbed waffles for what may very well be the world’s best BLT! I stink at making waffles and killed my waffle iron a long time ago, so no cheesy herbed waffles for me. But just as soon as I get a waffle iron again, I will make that my first attempt. Last but definitely not least, Lisa made a stromboli but not just any stromboli. She packed that bad boy with not one, not two, but three different cheeses, prosciutto, broccoli rabe AND roasted red peppers! Having never made stromboli I really wanted to give that a try. And not to be forgotten, (which I initially did! Sorry!!) Jamie made a lovely cheese and bacon focaccia that had my mouth watering.

As I thought more about what I wanted my cheesy loaf to be, I found myself thinking about a bakery I used to go to. They’re long gone but I wish they were still around. They only sold bread. Any kind of bread you could imagine, they made it. That was the home of the perfect sourdough loaf. I often mourn the loss of that store because I’m still on the hunt for a sourdough loaf that will come even close to that one. They also sold a pepperoni cheese bread that was insanely good! Each and every bite you took was filled with pepperoni, cheddar and garlic. The combination made you unable to resist eating more of it despite the fact that you knew you shouldn’t. This month I set out to recreate that loaf.

I’m pleased to report that what I ended up with was a pretty close match! The only thing I would have liked to be different is I wish it had a crustier crust. I’ll have to work on that. Despite the crisp crust not being quite as crusty as I would have liked I found myself having a hard time putting the bread down, bite after bite so I took that as a good sign. This bread is easy to make and will fill your entire house with warm, savory, cheesy, garlicky smells that will have you waiting by the oven for the timer to ding.



I’ve also submitted this bread to Wild Yeast!

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Garlicky Pepperoni Cheese Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Garlicky Pepperoni Cheese Bread

A tender bread with swirls of cheddar, a hint of garlic and pepperoni pieces in every bite.


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 packet instant yeast (rapid rise)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups very warm water (115-125 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup pepperoni, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, whisk the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the water into the flour mixture and mix until the flour is fully incorporated.
  3. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the bowl, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, pepperoni, black pepper and minced garlic. Knead until distributed throughout the dough.
  5. Brush a clean bowl with some of the melted butter. Form the dough into a ball and place it into the buttered bowl.
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  7. Punch down the dough and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 10"x6"
  9. Sprinkle the dough with remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  10. Roll the dough up firmly into a cylinder, starting from the short side. Press to seal the seam and sides.
  11. Using some of the remaining melted butter, coat the bottom and sides of a 9"x5" loag pan.
  12. Place the dough into the loaf pan and brush the dough with melted butter.
  13. Let the dough rise again until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  14. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake until well browned, about 45 minutes.
  15. Removed from the oven and let the bread cool for 5 minutes.
  16. Tip the bread out of the loaf pan and cool on a wire rack.
  17. Enjoy!


Time does not include 45 minutes for first rise and 30 minutes for second rise.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy September 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

This is my ideal bread! Cheese and pepperoni are magic together. Add a little garlic and you have a slice of heaven there. I will definitely be baking this one!


Kate September 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I hope you like it Stacy!


Deborah September 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

Ok, this looks absolutely amazing!! I need this in my life!


Kate September 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I think you do too 😉


Lora @cakeduchess September 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

Wow-Kate! I love that you’ve overcome your fear of yeast and now we get to see all these gorgeous breads. I’d love even more some samples;)Thanks for baking again with Twelve Loaves:)xx


Kate September 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I would love nothing more for you to have a sample 😉 Thanks for starting this group and helping me to learn how wonderful it is to make my own bread!


Chris September 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

Your bread here sounds luvly, especially with … everything in it. You are right, who could resist.
Baking you own bread is really a good thing and on top of it: It’s good exercise.
I tried quite a few bread recipes from a book about French baking. So many great combinations there.


Kate September 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Thank you Chris. I’m so glad you like it! I agree, bread making is wonderful for so many different reasons.


Barbara | Creative Culinary September 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

See…yeast isn’t all that scary…so glad you’ve battled that fear and have come out victorious on the other side! Amazing bread but I expect nothing less from you! Thanks for participating in our #TwelveLoaves challenges…it’s such fun to see what everyone does.


Kate September 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks Barb!! And I agree, it really is amazing to see what people come up with! Like those awesome waffles and that pizza. Yowza!


Jersey Girl Cooks September 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Mmmmnnn. This looks so good. I always make stuffed bread around the holidays but cheat and use pizza dough. I’ll have to try this one.


Jamie September 24, 2012 at 7:15 am

Oh you missed me and my bread 🙁 But if you send me a loaf of this fantastic bread I will forgive you! I love having you bake with us at Twelve Loaves!


Kate September 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I am SO sorry Jamie! I did completely miss your bread. I remember reading your lovely focaccia post and I can’t believe I forgot to include you. I updated the post accordingly.


Jenni September 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Beautiful loaf! In the town I live in, pepperoni cheddar rolls are hugely popular, so I can imagine a whole loaf would be awesome! Great job!


Kate September 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Jenni! And I love the idea of pepperoni cheddar rolls. Yum! Maybe I’ll have to give those a try too 😉


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

OMG, I absolutely LOVE this idea! This bread looks fantastic!!! YUM! I want a piece now!


Kate October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thanks! And even better? So easy to make!


Lisa October 3, 2012 at 5:43 am

Ok..I have been dying to comment on this for so long, but I kept getting caught up in pinning and got so behind on visiting blogs! This bread reminds me of a pepperoni cheese bread from a bakery in the Cherry Hill area called the Bread Basket. No idea if it’s there anymore..but when I was a young teen…we were visiting relatives in the area and they had tons of bread from this place. I almost ate the whole pepperoni loaf! I have yet to have one as good as that one..but yours is looking like it could be!


Kate October 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

Ooo! I think I would love that bakery just based on the name alone! Too cute. Thanks Lisa! Glad you like this 😉


Patti March 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

Pinned AND Stumbled! Yurm!


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