Cheese and Chive Bread

Cheese and Chive Bread

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, and it is even nicer when the smell is coming from your very own kitchen.  This Cheese and Chive bread requires no yeast and is made the farm style way using self raising flour instead.  

Cheese and Chive mini loaf in a terra cotta pot

I love how this bread is so versatile and can be made as a loaf, or individual mini loaves, or even in muffin pans.  My favourite way is to bake them in these small terra cotta pots, which can be bought at any nursery. When made as small loaves, they taste almost like cheese muffins or scones.  Either way, this Cheese and Chive bread is amazing served straight from the oven with lashings of farm butter.

Cheese and Chive Loaves

Namibia tree

This earthy and rustic bread reminded me so much of my stay in Namibia a few years back, I thought I would share a few pictures from my stay there.  Namibia has a truly unique landscape.  Sun scorched and starved of rain, it is home to endless desert plains, sand dunes and beautiful scrubland. The red dunes of the Namib Desert that stretch for miles are so spectacular and a landscape photographer’s dream.

Cheese and chive loaves

I was so privileged to have been part of a photographic workshop to this beautiful part of Africa.  We were up every day way before dawn to drive for miles through the barren landscape, and then hike up the huge dunes,  so that we would be in the perfect spot to photograph the sunrise over the plains.  As you can imagine the weather is brutal and the sun beats down relentlessly,  so we would return back to the farm before the heat was too intense, for a late breakfast and to work on our images, have lectures, and present our best pictures of the day,  before we would head out again to catch the late afternoon light.   Getting back way after dark, we would always be greeted by the smell of meat stews and home baked bread.

cheese and chives loaves

Namibia and water

If you ever get a chance to visit this beautiful part of Africa it is well worth the journey.



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Cheese and Chive mini loaf in a terra cotta pot
Cheese and Chive Mini Loaf
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These recipe is great as a large loaf and can be baked in 12 muffin pans or mini terra cotta pots

Course: Baking
Servings: 12
Author: Shades of Cinnamon
  • 450 g self raising flour
  • 200 g mature cheddar cheese or any strong yellow hard cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tblsp Chopped chives
  • 50 g butter, melted
  • 300 ml milk
  1. Grease a 23cm square cake pan or loaf pan.

    If using muffin tins or terra cotta pots, grease these.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

  3. Sift the flour, salt, and mustard together.

  4. Grate the cheese and reserve a few tablespoons for sprinkling on top.

  5. Add the cheese and chives to the flour mixture.

  6. Mix together the melted butter, eggs and milk, and add to the flour mixture.

  7. This mixture is stiff like a bread dough.

  8. Put dough into baking pans and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

  9. Bake for 35 mins if you are doing small loaves and 1 hour if making a large loaf. 

  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.  Serve hot with lashings of butter.

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  • Reply Cinnamon Vogue July 19, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Wow that is some incredible photography. Travel certainly helps your food photography. Gives it a creativity and flair that would not be possible otherwise.

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon July 20, 2017 at 7:33 AM

      Yes travel definitely helps you see in a new light. Makes you more aware of your surroundings and the possibility of a good shot where ever you may be. Thanks for your comments.

  • Reply Steph July 20, 2017 at 7:36 AM

    My goodness the color of that sand is so beautiful. What a wonderful experience and your photographs are incredible.

  • Reply Leigha July 20, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    I have been to Namibia and you have captured the spirit of it so beautifully. I commend you

  • Reply TrevorT July 20, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Those dunes look spot on. Good capture. Oh and the rolls look good too

  • Reply ratna July 22, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Oh how interesting! Stunning captures Ev…

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