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Onion, Cheese & Poppy Seed Bread

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Poppy seeds go with lemon, amiright?  Maybe orange if you want to get a little adventurous.  But cheese and onion?  I wasn’t sure.  I love to try new things but I admit, I wouldn’t have made this bread if I hadn’t gotten the recipe from my Foodie Mama, and if she hadn’t told me that it was an undefeated blue ribbon winner for 25 years in California and she finally retired it to give someone else a chance. Ha!  Well, knowing it had to be good, even if it was a sweet quick bread with onions and cheese in it and poppy seeds, I made it while staying with my in-laws last week.  The loaf was devoured in less than a day. (I may have had more than my fair share.)

Marina recommended spreading cream cheese on the slices and I have to tell you, that was incredible! The tangy cream cheese really was the perfect compliment to the sweet & savory bread.  She also said if you toast the slices first, it makes an outrageous grilled ham and cheese sandwich.  Unfortunately this loaf was eaten too fast for us to try it, but I’m going to next time!

P.S. Marina still has copies of her cookbook available for purchase for $10 + $3.50 S&H. Let me know if you’d like to purchase one!  I have yet to be disappointed in any recipes I’ve tried from it.

Onion, Cheese & Poppy Seed Bread

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1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/4 oz) vegetable shortening
3 large eggs
2 cups (8 1/2 oz) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder*
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar, Monterrey Jack or a combination
1/2 cup finely diced sweet onions
Sweet paprika

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9″x5″ loaf pan or coat with Miracle Pan Release; set aside.

Cream sugar and shortening until fluffy, a few minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately to creamed mixture with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir in cheese, onions, and poppy seeds. Pour into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with paprika. Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle of loaf comes out dry. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove loaf carefully and cool completely on wire rack. Loaf is best the next day, or at least several hours after baking so that the flavors can deepen and meld.

*I always recommend using an aluminum-free baking powder, such as Rumford, in any recipe calling for more than a teaspoon. The regular kind with aluminum tends to leave a chemical aftertaste in baked goods, especially if a larger amount is used.

Recipe source: Marina C.

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. Tracy Wilkinson

    yummy

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  2. Awww, Thank you Veronica My Sweet Foodie Daughter! This loaf holds a special place in my heart..my boys could eat a whole loaf EACH! they especially enjoyed ham & cheese grilled sammy’s made with this loaf. You did a great job producing such a beautiful loaf. The loaf looks moist and delicious..I am happy you and your family enjoyed it! I also have another recipe I want you to try..Tell you later about it..but it’s also a prize winner <3

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  3. That looks scrumptious! I can’t wait to make it for my family. I love your blog.

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  4. Hey V…saw this on Facebook and came over immediately! This looks so yummy. Thanks for the tip on the baking powder, too! =)

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  5. Oh my, this looks seriously delicious. I could totally see how the poppyseeds work here. Not that different from the flavors of an everything bagel…so I guess I would smear my bread with onion and chive cream cheese!!

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  6. This recipe had you at “blue ribbon,” right? LOL

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  7. chrisscheuer

    This looks amazing Veronica, I wouldn’t have thought of poppy seeds with a savory bread but it’s a wonderful idea!!

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  8. Savory poppy seed bread is new to me, but I love it! Almost like an everything bagel but in quickbread form!

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  9. sounds amazing veronica!

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  10. This looks delicious!

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