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Ham and Cheese Quick Bread

This savory loaf is delicious served slightly warm, or toasted the next day and lightly buttered or topped with egg salad for a festive lunch or snack.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 25 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/4 teaspoons dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Pinch cayenne pepper

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons honey

3 eggs

One 6-ounce piece deli ham, finely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)

1 cup shredded gruyere cheese, lightly packed (about 3 ounces)

1/2 cup finely diced (about 1/4-inch) havarti or gruyere cheese (about 2 ounces)

2 scallions, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard, kosher salt and cayenne until combined. In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup milk, the oil, 1 tablespoon honey and the eggs until smooth. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Then fold in the ham, 3/4 cup shredded cheese, the diced cheese and scallions.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Bake until well risen, golden brown and a skewer or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  4. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl, stir together the remaining 1 tablespoon each honey and milk and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard until smooth. Heat in the microwave until hot and bubbling, 20 to 30 seconds. Turn the loaf onto a wire rack and generously brush with the warm glaze. Cool completely.

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