I love biscuits! They are every good thing: buttery, flaky, carby, bready, and in this case, cheesy! What’s better than one or two biscuits you ask? How about a whole, massive LOAF of biscuit! Not only is this a delicious way to accomplish your daily biscuit intake, but it also saves time since it requires no rolling of dough or cutting and recutting of biscuits. This loaf is moist, tender, and packed with flavor, and is perfect for the next time you’re hosting brunch. I went with classic additions here: sharp cheddar cheese and fresh chives, and trust me, it makes an already great recipe that much better. The whole loaf gets brushed with even more butter halfway through the baking process, and when you see, smell, and TASTE this Cheddar Chive Biscuit Quick Bread perfection, you may never go back to traditional biscuits again!
1. Quick Bread 101
Quick breads are called quick because they rely on baking soda and/or baking powder to rise in the oven, instead of yeast. Chemical leavening agents work much more quickly than yeast, hence the name, quick breads. Common quick breads are often sweet, like banana bread or zucchini bread, but this savory cheese and chive one will blow your mind!
2. Customize the Mix Ins!
Cheddar and chive are a classic combo, but you could add lots of savory mix-ins to this loaf. Almost any cheese and herb combination would be great. You could go fancy, and do parmesan and rosemary, or try mixing in smoked gouda to add a great, savory, smoky flavor to the loaf!
Buttermilk can be hard to find, or you may not want to buy a half gallon of it, only to use a cup and a half. Although this loaf will always taste best with full fat buttermilk, you can make your own at home by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 ½ cups whole milk and letting it sour while you prepare the other ingredients.