Savory Cheese and Chive Bread~

Savory Cheese and Chive Bread…French Fridays with Dorie
Since my family tends to think of brioche as exotic, I wasn’t sure how this week’s savory quick bread would fly.  I took Dorie’s Bonne Idée and used half minced chives and half basil, plus grated Gruyère and teeny cubes of sharp cheddar.  I figured I’d tailor make it to my preferences versus the family’s…as they’d choose no herbs and no nuts!  Well, the batter was amazingly tasty (I hope I’m immune to salmonella as I just couldn’t keep my finger out of this eggy dough); and I made 3 small loaves, so I could have a couple extra loaves for  the freezer.  
As suspected, the crew just ignored this bread, but I found it wonderful…cheesy and fresh tasting with the jolt of  herbs….a perfect accompaniment to soups or salads. So rustic and fragrant, but I guess my spare loaves need to be reserved for my friends with more mature palates (not the Oreo crowd I call family).  This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table or in this Washington Post article.


  1. Even though you’re family didn’t like the bread, I’m glad you did! Your bread looks so light and fluffy!

  2. I think I cut my chunks of cheese too small. Yours look like they’re just the right size. You can always give away those extra loaves as gifts!

  3. Le Petit Lapin says:

    Haha, I love that you call your family the Oreo Crowd!!

    Your loaf looks delicious!

  4. I like that you made smaller loaves, and so they rose higher. Very cute! I think I need to get some of those little pans – my bread was not exactly fluffy!

  5. briarrose says:

    What great flavors in this bread….it’s lovely!

  6. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    Oh I think it looks fantastic, I love cheese breads, they are so yummy. Glad it was enjoyed.

  7. I really enjoyed this bread, too. My husband did not care for the savory taste…He would have preferred Oreos! Glad you liked it!

  8. Ms. Hobby says:

    Great photos! Your family doesn’t know what they’re missing out on!

  9. Good for you Lizzy….we all do too much to cater to the masses…it is nice to bake what WE like every now and then!
    Looks great…another one I have marked to try…unfortunately it could not be today.
    Have a great weekend!

  10. This bread sounds wonderful! I would love try this soon.

    Have a beautiful weekend!


  11. Too cute! Hey – we can’t please everyone all the time, but it’s nice to please ourselves once in a while 🙂 It all looks lovely – and the mini size is a great idea.

  12. Love the photos, as always, Lizzy! Basil must have smelled heavenly while baking.

  13. How fun!

    I actually took some of mine to work to share (so that I would not eat it all!). They didn’t really like it – simply because it was a savory bread rather than sweet. I like your idea of the smaller loaves and then freezing some – excellent!

  14. This is a lovely bread. I love loaves that burst with cheese and herbs, Yours sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  15. Kris' Kitchen says:

    I was wondering how the basil would turn out. I’ll have to try that next. I just love getting ideas from my FFwD friends!

  16. Looks delicious. Just think, you get the whole loaf for yourself when the family ignores it. Lucky cook.

  17. Lizzy, you baby loaf looks so cute! I bet it was delicious with the basil. Your pictures are lovely as always.

  18. I think they saw the green specks, and their stubborn preconceived notions would not be swayed~ but I bet it’s wonderful toasted with a pat of cold butter!

  19. Lizzy, holy smokes! How can this look any more delicious. And gorgeous too!

  20. The Oreo crowd made me smile:) I also thought the uncooked dough was delicious!

  21. Elisabeth says:

    Lizzy-Your bread turned out so beautiful and oh, so yummy. I had Lora’s version of the muffin, and I must say, it was delicious…especially reheated, since she saved me a couple muffins. I’m not trying to quote C.Sheen, but-WINNER!!!

  22. says:

    Liz, I love this bread! I think it’s the cheese thing that always gets me… I love cheese in baked goods! 🙂

  23. thecountrycook says:

    Lizzy – I know exactly what you mean. I have an Oreo family too. Their palate’s are pretty This really does look so, so appetizing. What a treat – they don’t know what they are missing!

  24. tricia s. says:

    All the more for you 🙂 My kids now know when I say….”oh no, I don’t think you will like this at ALL” they jump for it. Even if doubtful. And of course I never mind eating it all myself, unfortunately for my diet. Nana and I were delighted at how easy this week’s recipe was. Leaving us more strenght for next week…

  25. Smile. I know my “mature” palate would have been in heaven. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your creativity with me! I hope you have a blessed Sunday

  26. Love your independence!
    Your bread looks fantastic!

  27. something_good says:

    this bread is a meal itself!

  28. Brindusa says:

    But Lizzy, this is not just bread, it can be my breakfast or lunch.Or midnight snack 😀 It looks great. Have a nice week.

  29. Lizzy, I’ve been drooling over this bread and have got to get that cookbook! I have Dorie’s Baking: From My Home To Yours and absolutely love it. I had to laugh at the “Oreo crowd.” Ummm…that would be my son, lol. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and becoming my newest follower. Following you back!

  30. 5 Star Foodie says:

    It sounds like a wonderful savory bread, I would sure love a slice!

  31. Thanks so much, everyone!!!

    Thanks for becoming a follower, Brenda!

    Kate, there’s a loaf in my freezer with your name on it…if I get my act together, you may find it in your mailbox one of these days 🙂

  32. Mina, you definitely need this book 🙂

  33. Our Banana Moments says:

    Just stopping by from Bloggy Mom’s to say hello! I love the name of your blog and you have so many recipes that I am looking forward to trying. I look forward to following your blog.


  34. I just printed the recipe off. Definitely trying it. Yum!!!!!!

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