This caramelized shallot cheesy bread is sure to be a hit, with its delicious blend of caramelized shallots and two types of cheese baked into a savory loaf. Perfect as an appetizer, side dish, or snack, this recipe is a must-try for any bread lover.
Caramelized Shallot Cheesy Bread
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups sliced shallots (about 8 shallots)
- 1 tablespoon sugar plus 1 teaspoon
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (296 grams)
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces (84 grams)
- ¾ cup buttermilk (187 ml)
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (56 grams)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded white cheddar (100 grams)
- ½ cup shredded parmesan (50 grams)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Add shallots and saute for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar and stir to combine. Continue to saute for 25-30 minutes or until shallots are deeply golden brown and caramelized. If the pan becomes to too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- Combine flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, thyme, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until well combined. Set aside.
- Whisk together buttermilk, yogurt, and eggs in a large bowl until well combined. Add flour and butter mixture and stir just until combined. Add caramelized shallots, cheddar, and parmesan, stirring just until combined.
- Pour bread batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Slice and serve warm.
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Caramelized vegetables are my all-time favorite. It's magical how pungent shallots can transform and become sweet and rich with an almost melting texture. Add them to a dish and they immediately add an intense layer of flavor in a way nothing else can. I've used them for practically every type of meal including a savory French onion galette, caramelized onion dip, and even caramelized leek pasta. Today, I'm incorporating caramelized shallots into savory bread.
Take a basic bread, fill it with wonderfully sweet caramelized shallots, and fold in fresh thyme, white cheddar, and parmesan cheese. What you end up with is warm, cheesy, slightly sweet, and insanely delicious bread. Whether you're serving it as an appetizer, side dish, or snack, this cheesy caramelized shallot bread will surely impress.
- Shallots: A type of onion that are smaller and milder in flavor than traditional onions. If you can't find shallots, use onions instead.
- Cheese: I've tested this caramelized shallot cheesy bread with shredded fontina, Asiago, and mozzarella and all worked great. Gouda and gruyere are also options.
- Thyme: You can substitute thyme for another herb such as sage or rosemary. If you are using dried herbs, substitute 2 teaspoons fresh herbs for 1 teaspoon dried.
- Buttermilk: Buttermilk is what helps the bread achieve its moist texture. You can make your own buttermilk by combining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 cup of whole milk. Combine the mixture and let it sit for 5 minutes or until it curdles before using.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is the other ingredient that adds moisture to the bread. You can substitute it with sour cream if desired.
How to Make Caramelized Shallot Cheesy Bread
Step 1: Caramelize Shallots
Caramelizing shallots is a simple process that requires a bit of patience. To start, thinly slice the shallots and heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots and stir to coat them in the oil. Lower the heat to low and sprinkle some sugar over the shallots to help them caramelize. Stir the shallots occasionally to prevent them from burning, and cook them until they turn a deep golden brown color, which usually takes 25-30 minutes.
If the pan becomes too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Once they're deeply golden brown, remove them from the pan and let them cool completely. You can prepare the shallots the day before if desired.
Step 2: Make the batter
Now we can make the actual bread. Combine flour, sugar, thyme, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a food processor. Then, add cold butter and pulse until well combined. If you don't have a food processor, you can mix by hand using a pastry cutter.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and eggs until well combined. Add the flour and butter mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Lastly, add the cooled caramelized shallots, shredded white cheddar, and shredded parmesan, stirring just until combined.
Step 3: Bake
Pour the bread mixture into a prepared loaf pan and pop it into the oven. Bake the caramelized shallot cheesy bread for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The outside should be beautifully golden brown.
Let the bread cool slightly before serving. Although the bread is best served warm, you can enjoy it at room temperature as well.
What if I don't have a food processor?
You can make the bread by hand. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Can I make this bread ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this bread a day ahead and store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat it in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or until warm before serving.
Does this bread freeze well?
Yes, you can freeze this bread for up to 2 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil, and thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
For more savory quick bread inspiration check out this twisted scallion biscuit recipe!