Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan, or smaller pans of your choice (see tip below).
Whisk the dry ingredients in a bowl until well blended.
Toss in the cheese, herbs or onion, and olives.
In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, oil, and eggs until foamy.
Stir the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup grated cheese.
Bake the bread for 55 to 60 minutes (30 to 35 for mini loaves), until a tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Remove it from the oven, and after 10 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.
Tips from our Bakers
- Want to make smaller loaves or cupcakes? This recipe will make the following:
*Three USA Pans Mini Loaf Pans. Use 1 1/3 cups (about 12 ounces) batter per pan; bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
*Five Bake & Give Mini Loaf Pans. Use a scant 1 cup (8 1/2 ounces) batter per pan; bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
*18 to 20 standard-size muffins; use about 1/4 cup of batter per muffin (our muffin scoop works well here); bake for 18 to 20 minutes.