How to Make Mouthwatering Cheese Wine Bread at Home

Friends, gather ’round! Today, I am thrilled to share my recipe for Cheese Wine Bread with you. This is a recipe that I have honed over years of experimentation in my own kitchen, and let me tell you: the results are simply divine.

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. Bread? Cheese? Wine? That sounds like a combination that could be hard to pull off. But trust me when I say that this recipe is worth the effort. It’s a perfect balance of rich, cheesy goodness and light, fluffy bread with just a hint of wine flavor.

I first discovered the magic of wine bread while traveling in England, where it’s been enjoyed for centuries. From there, I delved into the bread-making traditions of Italy and France, learning all about the different types of fermentation methods involved in creating the perfect loaf. And now, after years of tasting and tinkering, I’m confident that I’ve unlocked the secret to making bread that’s truly fit for any occasion.

So if you’re looking for a show-stopping addition to your cheese platter or pairing for your next wine tasting, give my Cheese Wine Bread a try. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cheese Wine Bread
Cheese Wine Bread

Are you a cheese and wine enthusiast? Are you looking for the perfect recipe to wow your guests at your next wine tasting or dinner party? Look no further than this Cheese Wine Bread recipe!

Why will you love this recipe? Firstly, it’s easy to make. With just a handful of ingredients, you can have a drunken cheesy bread that will pull apart in your hands in no time. The magic fermentation process that takes place while making the bread is also a fun and fascinating science experiment that even children can marvel at.

Secondly, the combination of Monterey Jack cheese, dry white wine, butter, and flour creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth. The soft rind washed cheeses provide a tasty contrast to the creamy cheese and crispy bread.

Thirdly, this bread pairs perfectly with a wide variety of wines. Whether you prefer a light Pinot Noir or a full-bodied red wine, this bread will complement your chosen wine in the most delicious way possible. It’s also great on a cheese platter or with a French baguette for those who prefer non-alcoholic pairings.

Finally, this recipe is versatile and customizable. You can substitute ingredients such as margarine for butter or use sourdough bread instead of French bread. You can also add olives or experiment with different types of cheese to make the recipe your own.

In conclusion, everyone loves cheese and wine, and everyone loves bread. The Cheese Wine Bread recipe provides the perfect way to combine all these elements into one mouth-watering dish for any occasion.

Ingredient List

 Cheesy, flavorful, and delicious - this bread is a match made in heaven with a glass of wine!
Cheesy, flavorful, and delicious – this bread is a match made in heaven with a glass of wine!

Here are the main ingredients needed to make this delicious Cheese Wine Bread Recipe:

  • 2 cups flour: You can use all-purpose flour.
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine: Use a dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc.
  • 2 teaspoons of dry yeast: Make sure your yeast is fresh to ensure the bread will rise perfectly.
  • 2 tablespoons of butter/margarine: This gives the dough a rich and buttery flavor.
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar: The sugar helps feed the yeast, so it can create fermentation magic.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt: Salt enhances the taste and also slows down the fermentation process slightly, allowing flavors to develop more fully.
  • 1 egg: The egg adds richness and texture to the bread dough.
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese: one of my favorite cheeses to use in a savory bread. Feel free to substitute for another type such as cheddar or Swiss.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect blend of melted cheese and crispy bread makes for an irresistible combination.
The perfect blend of melted cheese and crispy bread makes for an irresistible combination.

Now that we have all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to get started on making this delicious Cheese Wine Bread. Follow these simple steps to create a decadent and savory masterpiece.

Step 1: Mixing the dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of dry yeast, and 1 teaspoon of salt. In a separate saucepan, heat up 1/2 cup of dry white wine, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and stir until melted. Let the mixture cool down to room temperature before adding it to the dry ingredients.

Step 2: Kneading and Fermenting

Using your hands or a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, begin kneading the dough for several minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl and let it ferment for at least an hour in a warm place until doubled in size. This magic fermentation process is what will give the Cheese Wine Bread its soft and fluffy texture.

Step 3: Adding cheese

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grate 2 cups of Monterey Jack cheese and add it to your risen dough. Knead the dough once more for a few minutes until the cheese is evenly distributed throughout.

Step 4: Baking

Place the dough in a greased bread pan or shape it into a ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for around 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Once done, remove from oven, and let cool for at least ten minutes before slicing.

Step 5: Serving

Cheese Wine Bread pairs well with many dishes, but it’s especially perfect as part of your cheese platter or board during a wine tasting event. The cheese inside provides tasty contrast between creamy cheese and crispy bread which goes well with a glass of Pinot Noir or any red or white wine of your liking. For a cozy night in, it’s great when enjoyed with olives and some French baguette.

Now that you’ve followed the easy steps, you can enjoy your warm, soft, drunken cheesy bread. I hope this recipe brings you the same joy and comfort it brings me every time I bake it.

Substitutions and Variations

 Bread, cheese, wine - the holy trinity of comfort food!
Bread, cheese, wine – the holy trinity of comfort food!

There are a few ways to make substitutions and variations in this cheese wine bread recipe to suit your personal preferences.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of Monterey Jack cheese or prefer a different cheese, you can easily substitute it for another type of cheese such as cheddar or gouda. Similarly, you could experiment with different types of soft rind washed cheeses to add more complexity to the dish.

If you don’t have dry white wine on hand, you could try substituting it with red wine for a deeper, richer flavor. For those who don’t consume alcohol or prefer not to use it in cooking, grape juice or apple cider vinegar would be a suitable replacement.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, margarine can be substituted for butter and sugar can be replaced with honey or maple syrup. You could also try incorporating whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for extra fiber.

Another variation could involve adding herbs or spices such as thyme, rosemary or cumin for extra depth of flavor. Olives or sun-dried tomatoes could be mixed into the dough for an added savory touch.

In terms of serving and pairing suggestions, the bread would pair well with a variety of wine and cheese on a platter or board at a gathering with friends. It could also be enjoyed as a quick bread snack on its own. A French baguette could be used instead of Monterey Jack cheese for a delicious twist.

Overall, there are endless possibilities when it comes to making substitutions and tweaks in this recipe to create your own unique version of this drunken cheesy bread.

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe is a great way to turn leftover bread into a decadent snack or appetizer.
This recipe is a great way to turn leftover bread into a decadent snack or appetizer.

Cheese Wine Bread is an incredibly versatile bread that pairs well with a variety of dishes and drinks. It’s perfect for those casual get-togethers, wine tastings, or even a lazy Sunday afternoon snack.

One of my favorite ways to serve this bread is to pair it with a soft rind washed cheese, like a Brie or Camembert. This provides a tasty contrast between the creamy cheese and crispy bread. Monterey Jack cheese is also a great option for this bread, and the cheese pull-apart effect adds to the overall drunken cheesy goodness of this recipe.

When it comes to wine pairing, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic red like Pinot Noir or even a dry white wine. The wine brings out the flavors in the bread and cheese, and they complement each other perfectly.

If you’re putting together a cheese platter or board, this bread should definitely be included. For additional pairings, consider serving with French baguette or sourdough bread alongside olives or other snacks that will complement the flavors of the Cheese Wine Bread.

Overall, this bread is incredibly versatile and perfect for many occasions. Try serving it at your next gathering and watch as it disappears quickly, leaving guests raving about discovering the magic fermentation of England, Italy, and France in one bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get your cheese fix with this easy-to-make bread, perfect for serving at parties or for a cozy night in.
Get your cheese fix with this easy-to-make bread, perfect for serving at parties or for a cozy night in.

Cheese Wine Bread Recipe is a great recipe to make ahead for special occasions. Once baked, this bread can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To reheat, simply slice the bread and place it in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or until warmed through. Don’t microwave Cheese Wine Bread as the cheese will become rubbery.

If you’re making the dough ahead of time, allow it to rise once before storing it. After rising, punch down the dough and form into a ball. Drizzle the surface with olive oil to prevent a crust from forming and store it in an airtight container in your fridge or freezer. To use frozen dough, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

This bread is perfect for cheese platters or as part of a cheese board when presenting various types of cheese to guests. The soft rind washed cheeses provide a tasty contrast to the creamy cheese embedded within the bread. For wine tastings, serving Cheese Wine Bread with red wine is recommended.

Cheese Wine Bread also goes well with olives and French baguette or sourdough bread on your cheese platter. It really adds an extra touch of elegance that your guests will appreciate.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The warm gooeyness of the cheese is enhanced by the lightly toasted bread, making it the ultimate comfort food.
The warm gooeyness of the cheese is enhanced by the lightly toasted bread, making it the ultimate comfort food.

Making wine bread may seem intimidating, but with the right tips and tricks, it will be a breeze! Here are some tips to help you make the perfect cheese wine bread:

1. Use a dry white wine: When making cheese wine bread, it is important to use a dry white wine. The acidity in white wine helps to activate the yeast and gives the bread a delicious flavor.

2. Don’t skimp on the rising time: Allowing the dough to rise properly is crucial for making soft, fluffy bread. Be patient and give the dough enough time to rise fully before baking.

3. Use room temperature ingredients: Having all your ingredients at room temperature will help ensure that they mix together evenly and create a cohesive dough.

4. Adjust flour amount as needed: Depending on how humid or dry your environment is, you may need to adjust the amount of flour used in the recipe. Keep an eye on the dough’s consistency and add more flour if necessary.

5. Add extra cheese: If you love cheesy bread, add extra Monterey Jack cheese to the dough before baking for a delightfully indulgent treat.

By following these tips and experimenting with your own variations, you’ll soon discover your own favorite way to make homemade cheese wine bread that is perfectly crispy on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside.


As I know all too well, sometimes recipe websites seem more like FAQ sites, constantly bombarding us with questions we didn’t ask. But trust me, the following FAQ section is meant to be helpful and informative. It has answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the cheese wine bread recipe that will definitely help you nail this recipe on the first try. So, let’s dive in!

What wine is best for bread and cheese?

When it comes to pairing wines with slightly spicy dishes, my go-to choices are the red Syrah, Fronton, Gaillac, or the fruity Gamay. On the other hand, mature cheeses call for a different approach. A fatty and aromatic white wine would be a perfect match for these types of cheeses.

What wine is best for bread?

When it comes to pairing wine with baked goods, the type of bread you select plays a crucial role in making a perfect match. If you are enjoying a sweet brioche or pastry, consider sipping on champagne, which is sweet and sparkling. A Pinot Grigio blends well with a crispy baguette. If you opt for wheat bread, try a Pinot Noir pairing, while a Pinot Gris or Cabernet Sauvignon would complement the pungent flavor of a rye bread.

What wine is best for Italian bread?

Pairing Focaccia with wines is a delightful experience, and white wines like Gavi, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Champagne are the perfect companions. In addition to whites, light red wines, such as Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, and Lambrusco, also pair well with Focaccia. These red wines offer a unique twist with their berry notes, providing a contrasting taste that complements the bread’s flavor.

What cheese is best with baguette?

If you are a fan of soft rind-washed cheeses, then you must definitely pair them with a French baguette for an ultimate indulgence. The crispy texture of bread would complement the creamy taste of Camembert, Brie, or Chaource. On the other hand, if you prefer bold blue cheese varieties like Fourme d’Ambert or Bleu du Vercors, then it’s best to choose rye bread to balance out the flavors.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cheese wine bread recipe is truly a gem that every wine and bread lover should try. From the magic fermentation of England to Italy and France, this recipe is an excellent representation of the wonders of bread and wine cultures around the world.

The recipe itself is simple yet effective, yielding a drunken cheesy bread that will pull you apart with its deliciousness. And the best part? The pairing possibilities are endless! From a cheese platter to a French baguette and red wine or even a quick bread to accompany olives during a wine tasting, this recipe will always deliver.

I recommend you try it with Pinot Noir for the best results. The soft rind washed cheeses provide a tasty contrast to the creamy cheese and crispy bread, making it an ideal option for your next gathering. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

So don’t hesitate to experiment with substitutions and variations. Use different types of flour, try different dry white wines, add herbs or other flavors; there is no limit to the creativity you can bring to this recipe.

Thank you for taking the time to discover the magic of cheese wine bread with me today. Now go make some delicious bread!

Cheese Wine Bread

Cheese Wine Bread Recipe

I got this recipe from an aunt who is a gourmet cook - classy! Great before or with dinner, in a gift basket with wine and cheese, part of a brunch, maybe even a football party, lol.
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Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine European
Servings 1 large loaf
Calories 2967.1 kcal


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 envelope dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, grated (4 oz)


  • In lg mixing bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour with the yeast.
  • In saucepan, heat wine, butter, sugar and salt until warm (115-120 degrees F), stirring constantly until butter almost melts.
  • Add butter-wine mixture to dry mixture.
  • Add eggs.
  • Beat at low speed for 30 sec, scraping bowl constantly; beat 3 min at high speed.
  • By hand, stir in cheese and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Turn out onto lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic.
  • Place in lightly greased bowl, turning once.
  • Cover and let rise until double (1-1/2 hr) Punch down, cover& let rest 10 min.
  • Shape into 8" round loaf.
  • Place in greased 9" pie plate; cover and let rise in warm place until double, about 40 min.
  • Bake in 375 oven about 40 min, covering w/foil after first 20 min.

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Serving: 891gCalories: 2967.1kcalCarbohydrates: 302.5gProtein: 89.2gFat: 144.8gSaturated Fat: 85.2gCholesterol: 902.6mgSodium: 3971.7mgFiber: 12.1gSugar: 11.7g
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