breads savory

twisted cheese bread

this twisted cheese bread is super simple and quick to make thanks to the store bought crescent roll dough. this dough is rolled out and filled with shredded sharp cheddar, butter, garlic and za'atar spice. it's buttery, fragrant and oh so very delicious!

it’s the last full week of august. autumn begins in just a few weeks. with cooler weather (hopefully) on the way my upcoming recipes are definitely taking a turn for the cozy. this twisted cheese bread is inspired by my easy twisted garlic cheese rolls. this bread is buttery, cheesy, fragrant, and pairs perfectly with all the fall soups, stews and chilis. this recipe is also quick to throw together, making it a great addition to your week night dinner plans!

twisted cheese bread

in a few words, this cheese bread is

  • quick
  • easy
    • we’re using store bought crescent sheet dough!
  • flavorful
  • buttery
  • cheesy
  • perfectly spiced
  • the perfect side to all your savory fall meals
twisted cheese bread

short and simple ingredient list

to make this twisted cheese bread, you will need a few simple ingredients:

  • crescent sheet dough
    • if you can’t find this particular dough, use regular crescent roll dough
    • follow these recipe steps
  • butter
  • garlic
  • cheddar cheese
    • go for a good quality block
    • skip the pre-shredded if possible
  • za’atar spice
  • fresh herbs such as parsley for topping
    • totally optional, but it’s a nice finishing touch
twisted cheese bread

do I need any special baking tools to make this savory bread?

you don’t need anything too special, however these are recommended:

  • 9X5 aluminum loaf pan
    • up to 11X6 loaf pan
    • to make this recipe in a muffin pan, see this recipe
  • parchment paper
    • to roll out the dough
    • to line the loaf pan for easy removal
  • cheese grater
    • if possible, use a block of cheese versus pre shredded cheese
  • food thermometer
    • this is the easiest way to determine if the bread is baked through
    • the internal temperature should read 190F (87C)
  • sharp serrated knife
    • for cutting the unbaked dough
    • to cut the baked bread

how do I assemble these rolls?

glad you asked! take a look at the pictures and captions for the easiest explanation of how to make these easy twisted garlic cheese rolls

Open 1 can of crescent dough sheet. Gently roll out the dough onto a piece of parchment paper cut slightly larger than 15 X 8 (38 X 20cm). 
If needed, press the edges of the dough until it’s roughly 15 X 8. This is easier to do with a another piece of parchment paper placed on top using a rolling pin to stretch the dough to this size. 
Mix softened butter and minced garlic together until well combined. Spread the butter over the dough, leaving about 1″ edge around the dough.
Scatter za’atar on top of the butter.
Top with all the shredded cheese.
Roll out the second crescent dough sheet to 15 X 8. Place on top of the dough sheet with the filling. Press the “clean” edges together to form a sealed seam.
Starting at the long edge, tightly roll one long edge to the other long edge.
Place the rolled “log” seam side down on a flat surface. Slice in half lengthwise.
Starting at the top points, press the two pieces together. Overlap one sliced side with the other, repeating to make a braided “rope.” Make sure the open sliced layers are pointing up.
Transfer the twisted bread to the prepared loaf pan. If needed, push the edges into place and allow the center of the bread to pop up slightly.
Bake at 375 F (190C) for 35-45 minutes or until very golden brown on the top. The internal temperature should be 190F (87C). 
Brush the hot bread with melted butter and fresh herbs. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan to a serving plate. 
Slice and enjoy!

once baked, the twisted cheese bread will look like this:

twisted cheese bread
twisted cheese bread
twisted cheese bread

twisted cheese bread

twisted cheese bread

Megan
this twisted cheese bread is super simple and quick to make thanks to the store bought crescent roll dough. this dough is rolled out and filled with shredded sharp cheddar, butter, garlic and za'atar spice. it's buttery, fragrant and oh so very delicious!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Cool Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • 9X5 loaf pan
  • parchment paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • box grater

Ingredients
  

  • 2 8 oz. cans crescent dough sheets
  • 4 tbsp (57g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp za'atar spice sub preferred spice blend
  • 2 c (226g) sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp fresh herbs, coarsely chopped optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375F (190 C).
    Lightly grease a 9X5 loaf pan. Line the pan with a piece of parchment paper along the long sides. Set aside.
  • Open 1 can of crescent dough sheet. Gently roll out the dough onto a piece of parchment paper cut slightly larger than 15 X 8 (38 X 20cm).
    If needed, press the edges of the dough until it's roughly 15 X 8. This is easier to do with a another piece of parchment paper placed on top using a rolling pin to stretch the dough to this size.
  • Mix softened butter and minced garlic together until well combined. Spread the butter over the dough, leaving about 1" edge around the dough.
  • Scatter za'atar on top of the butter.
  • Top with all the shredded cheese.
  • Roll out the second crescent dough sheet to 15 X 8. Place on top of the dough sheet with the filling. Press the "clean" edges together to form a sealed seam.
  • Starting at the long edge, tightly roll one long bottom edge to the other long edge.
  • Place the rolled "logs" seam side down on a flat surface. Slice in half lengthwise.
    Starting at the top points, press the two pieces together. Overlap one sliced side with the other, repeating to make a braided "rope." Make sure the open sliced layers are pointing up.
  • Transfer the twisted bread to the prepared loaf pan. If needed, push the edges into place and allow the center of the bread to pop up slightly.
  • Bake at 375 F (190C) for 35-45 minutes or until very golden brown on the top. The internal temperature should be 190F (87C).
    Brush the hot bread with melted butter and fresh herbs. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan to a serving plate.
    Slice and enjoy!

Notes

to make this recipe as 8 individual rolls, see my easy twisted garlic cheese rolls
Keyword savory cheese bread, semi homemade bread, twisted cheese bread
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