Refrigerator Dough Cheese Bread Recipe

Refrigerator Dough Cheese Bread is so easy it’s almost too easy! Using a make-ahead refrigerator bread dough this recipe is something you can create in a pinch. With a few ingredients and the addition of your favourite cheese, this rustic yet soft and tender cheese bread will be something you will make time and time again.

cheese bread on a board with a knife and 2 chunks of cheeseCheese Bread Recipe

These days it seems flour is becoming harder and harder to get your hands on, so when you do have it you want to use it wisely. Making a dough that keeps for days in the fridge is a smart way to go about doing that!

When you make this cheese bread recipe you can use the opportunity to be a little creative and use whichever cheese suits your tastebuds. Adding fresh herbs is also an option. Keeping in mind that you want to stay away from creamy cheeses or cheeses that are too hard, but anything in between, preferably a medium-hard cheese, works best.

Depending on which type you use, it will alter the flavour of your cheese bread a bit, but there really is no going wrong. I personally love either swiss or cheddar cheese to give it a bit of a sharp tangy flavour, but you go ahead and use whatever you have on hand. Maybe even something with a little jalapeno!

Because it is a yeast bread, it does not qualify as quick because it does need time to rise, but the sheer simplicity of this cheese bread made with the easiest Refrigerator dough makes up for the time spent.

This is a fantastic starter bread for those just learning how to bake bread, and honestly, an overall awesome recipe for anyone who LOVES cheese bread!

cheese bread on parchment paper with a knife

How to make refrigerator dough cheese bread

Remove the refrigerator dough from the fridge and sprinkle the top of the dough with a little flour. Remove some of the dough leaving the remaining in the fridge. Quickly form into a round loaf and cover with a towel to let it rest.

Once rested, place dough on a lightly floured surface and flatten with the palm of your hand into a rectangle shape. Fold the dough like an envelope, adding the cheese in between folds.

adding the cheese to the dough and folding like an envelope

Form the dough into a ball and place the loaf on a parchment-lined board. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm area.

rolling the dough to form a ball

Once done rising, score the bread and top with remaining cheese.

the dough after rising and scoring and topping with cheese

Prior to preheating your oven, place an oven-safe cake pan on the bottom and a cookie sheet, a pizza stone or a dutch oven on the middle rack. If you are using a dutch oven you do not need a cake pan on the bottom rack. Then preheat your oven.

Add a cup of very hot/boiling water OR ice cubes to the cake pan. Ironic that both ice cubes and boiling water have the same effect! Immediately after, place the dough onto the cookie sheet/pizza stone or if you are using a dutch oven, place dough inside and close lid.

the bread in a dutch oven baked with lid then baked without the lid

The dutch oven creates its own steam which is why you won’t need to add the cake pan with water or ice. The steam created is what gives the bread that lovely rustic crusty exterior. Bake until done and remove immediately to a wire rack to cool.

What is a dutch oven?

Dutch ovens, sometimes called French ovens are essentially pots with thick walls. Usually made of cast iron, aluminum or ceramic, they have been used for centuries. They are mini ovens! So really anything you can make in an average oven, you can make in a dutch oven. People use them for low and slow cooking, simmering stews and of course baking bread!

What can I make with cheese bread?

On its own, this cheese bread is already a treat, but imagine dipping a piece of bread into a hot cup of coffee or tea and tasting that melted cheese or even toasting a piece and having it with simple butter topping. Of course, you can always spread garlic butter on a piece and have your very own homemade garlic bread with cheese!

cheese bread on a board with 2 slices cut

Can I freeze it?

Yes! Freezing any bread you are not eating will cut down on food waste as well make your life a little easier the next time you want some homemade bread. Make sure it is cooled completely otherwise you will trap in moisture and will cause freezer burn. Once it is cooled, wrap tightly with plastic wrap or in an airtight bag and freeze for up to 1 month.

Can I make this recipe using store-bought or non-refrigerator dough?

Absolutely you can. Once you have your dough, follow the instructions as outlined. If you do not yet have any dough, I highly recommend trying the refrigerator dough recipe.

More Refrigerator Dough Recipes you will love!

So I hope you give this Refrigerator Dough Cheese Bread a try and let me know how it goes. Enjoy!

cheese bread with 2 slices on a wire rack with a blue cloth
bread loaf with 2 slices on a board

Refrigerator Dough Cheese Bread Recipe

Rosemary Molloy
This refrigerator Dough Cheese Bread is made with a few ingredients & your favourite cheese, this soft and tender cheese bread will be something you will make time and time again.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1080 kcal


  • 1 pound refrigerator dough (453 grams)
  • 1 cup cheese (swiss or cheddar)* divided (100 grams)

*You can use your favourite cheese, be sure the cheese is on the medium hard side, anything but a creamy cheese or a really hard cheese.


    • Remove the Refrigerator Dough from the fridge, sprinkle the top of the dough with a little flour (1-2 tablespoons) and remove 1 pound (453 grams). Remaining dough cover the bowl and place in the fridge.
    • Quickly form the dough into a round loaf. Cover with a towel and let rest 20 minutes, then place the dough on a lightly floured flat surface and with the palm of your hand lightly flatten into a small rectangle, fold the dough like an envelope adding cheese (3/4 cup) in between folds (see photos) Form the dough into a ball, place the loaf on a parchment paper lined board, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft free area for approximately 2 hours. After the time has passed score the bread and top with the remaining cheese.
    • Before Pre-heating the oven to 425F (220C), place an oven safe cake pan on the bottom of the oven, and a cookie sheet upside down, a pizza stone or even a dutch oven with lid* on the rack in the middle of the oven, then pre-heat.
    • Add a cup of very hot (or even boiling water) or 8-10 ice cubes in the cake pan on the bottom of the oven before adding the dough, then quickly place the risen dough and parchment paper on the cookie sheet, pizza stone or in the dutch oven (with lid). Bake for approximately 30 minutes. If using the dutch oven, then after 20 minutes remove the lid and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes.
    • Immediately move the bread to a wire rack to cool before serving.

    *IF using a Dutch Oven then there is no need to place the pan on the bottom of the oven, as the dutch oven will create its own steam and pre-heat the oven to 450F (230C), but only if using the Dutch Oven. Be careful it gets very hot.


      Calories: 1080kcalCalcium: 566mg
      Keyword cheese bread, cheese bread made with refrigerator dough
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