Pimento Cheese Quick Bread

Heather, Sprinkle Bakes

This deliciously rich bread has all the usual ingredients that you’d find in the classic southern staple pimento cheese – and more! Smoked paprika gives the bread a unique flavor that compliments the pimento peppers, so it’s worth seeking out if you don’t have any in your spice cabinet. You may be tempted to use pre-shredded cheddar in this recipe, but don't! Many ready-shredded cheeses have stabilizers in them so they’ll keep their shape during transport, and those stabilizers will contribute to a tough loaf of bread. Buy a block or wedge of cheddar and grate it with a large box grater. Doing so will yield a flavorful bread with a delicate crumb.
1 hr 15 min Prep Time
45 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Servings: 1 loaf

Servings: 1 loaf


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) pimentos, drained and chopped


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Butter an 8x4-inch loaf pan.

Step 3

Combine first 4 ingredients in mixing bowl; whisk until combined. Combine buttermilk, mayonnaise, egg and onion in large glass measuring cup with pour spout; whisk together until combined. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add melted butter and stir well.

Step 4

Fold 1 1/4 cups of the cheddar cheese and pimento peppers into mixture using large rubber spatula.

Step 5

Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick tester comes out clean. Sprinkle top of hot bread loaf with remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

Step 6

Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, or until cheese on top of loaf is melted, then transfer to wire cooling rack.

Step 7

Serve slices of bread warm with butter.