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This Cob Loaf Recipe comes with three popular dip options – cheese, ham and chive, cheese and bacon and spinach and cheese.

You’ll love this Aussie fave that screams “retro”, “comfort food” and “party” all at once!

cob loaf recipe.

Why this Cob Loaf recipe is always a good idea!

This Cob Loaf recipe can easily be made up in about half an hour and is always a hit at parties or served as a casual meal.

You can’t beat a Friday night in with a cob and glass of something special.

This recipe includes three popular dip options:

  • cheese, ham and chive
  • cheese and bacon
  • spinach and cheese.

The base recipe includes a special ingredient that you don’t often see in cob loaf recipes – keep reading to discover what it is and how it takes this popular snacking dish to a whole new level.

You can also get creative and start substituting to come up with your own delicious cob loaf creation! Let me know in the comments below if you discover a great flavour combination.

Ingredients for this Cob Loaf recipe

To make up this recipe you’ll need these basic ingredients to start:

  • 1 medium cob loaf (approx 500 grams)
  • small onion
  • olive oil
  • cream cheese
  • thickened cream (heavy cream)
  • sour cream
  • grated cheese (a mixture of cheddar and pizza cheese works best)
  • white wine (preferably dry, but I sometimes use Moscato which often tends to be open in my fridge and it works just fine).

Including the white wine in this recipe – an idea I borrowed from Swiss cheese fondue recipes – really makes this one of the best Cob Loaf Recipes you’ll find.

The white wine helps to balance the flavours and elevates the cheesy dip to the next level.

Cob Loaf Dip: flavour variations

For cheese and bacon cob loaf, you’ll also need shortcut bacon rashers and fresh chives.

For spinach and cheese cob loaf, you’ll also need frozen spinach and French onion soup mix.

For cheese, ham and chive cob loaf, you’ll also need ham and fresh chives.

cob loaf recipe ingredients

How to make this easy Cob Loaf Recipe

Prepping

Start by pre-heating your oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced) or equivalent.

Using a large bread knife, slice the top off the cob loaf, about 4cm from the top, and cut into pieces. These bread pieces will be used to serve with the cob loaf – you’ll be dipping these into the cheesy mixture.

Next, cut out the centre of the loaf – using the knife and then your hands to pull out bread until you have a 1-2cm thick bread “bowl”.

preparing cob loaf

Tear or roughly chop the inside bread into pieces.

Add these bread pieces to the pieces from the top of the cob loaf, place on a baking tray and place into your heating oven for about 10 minutes to toast.

Making the dip

Start making the dip – but set your time so you remember to take the bread pieces out of the oven once they’re toasted.

Make the dip by adding the olive oil to a frying pan and cooking the onion and ham/bacon/spinach for a few minutes over medium heat.

Add the white wine and cook for 30 seconds.

Add sour and thickened creams (and french onion soup for spinach and cheese cob loaf) and heat for one minute over low heat.

Add the cream cheese and 1 cup of the grated cheese and and stir until mixture is smooth.

Add 2/3 of the chives (for ham or bacon cob loaf) and stir through.

Filling the bread bowl

Pour or ladle the mixture into your bread bowl.

making cob loaf

Sprinkle remaining grated cheese and chives on top.

Baking

Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Serving

Serve with the toasted bread pieces.

You can also add some other things, such as carrot and celery sticks, which go well with the dip.

cob loaf dip

Recipe FAQs

Q. Wondering where to buy cob loaf?

Most bakeries and some supermarkets will sell a cob loaf, which is a crusty round bread made into one large loaf.

Q. Wondering what to serve with cob loaf?

You serve the cob loaf with the bread pieces made from the top and inside of the cob loaf. You can also add some carrot, celery or other vegetable sticks that can be dipped into the cheesy mixture.

Q. Do you eat the bread “bowl”?

It would be a crime not too!

Q. Can you reheat cob loaf

It’s best served immediately, however I have re-heated the next day covered in alfoil.

Q. Does cob loaf have a bad reputation?

Matt Preston apparently described the filled cob loaf as “tacky and dated”.

But it’s been a favourite for decades for a reason!

Crispy bread, gooey cheese, bacon… how could anyone not love a filled cob?

Q. Do you have other old school recipes like this Cob Loaf Recipe?

So many! Start with the bread recipes or the Aussie collection. The old-fashioned slices are also popular.

cob loaf recipe with bread dipping into cob loaf.

Cob Loaf Recipe

Transform the humble cob loaf into a dip that'll make any party better or a fun and tasty meal.
4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: cob loaf recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 410kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cob loaf (approx 500 grams)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250 grams cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup thickened cream (heavy cream)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (cheddar and pizza cheese combination) (140 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine (preferably dry, but moscato will do at a pinch!)

For cheese, ham and chive cob loaf

  • 200 grams ham, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped chives

For cheese and bacon cob loaf

  • 200 grams shortcut bacon rashers, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped chives

For spinach and cheese cob loaf

  • 125 grams frozen spinach, thawed
  • 40 grams French onion soup mix

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced) or equivalent.
  • Slice the top off the cob loaf, about 4cm from the top, and cut into pieces (these will be used to dip into the cheesy mixture).
  • Cut out the centre of the loaf (using a knife and then your hands), leaving a bread "bowl". Tear or roughly chop the inside bread into pieces.
  • Place pieces of bread from top and inside of cob loaf into heating oven for 10 minutes to toast.
  • Make the dip by adding olive oil to a frying pan and cooking the onion and ham/bacon/spinach for a few minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the white wine and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add sour and thickened creams (and french onion soup for spinach and cheese cob loaf) and heat for one minute over low heat.
  • Add the cream cheese and 1 cup of the grated cheese and and stir until mixture is smooth.
  • Add 2/3 of the chives (for ham or bacon cob loaf) and stir through.
  • Pour mixture into bread bowl. Sprinkle remaining grated cheese on top.
  • Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle remaining chives on top (for ham or bacon cob loaf).
  • Serve with toasted bread pieces.

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Notes

Cob Loaf is a crusty round bread made into one large loaf and can be found at Australian bakeries and some supermarkets will sell a cob loaf. 

What to serve with cob loaf:
You serve the cob loaf with the bread pieces made from the top and inside of the cob loaf. You can also add some carrot, celery or other vegetable sticks that can be dipped into the cheesy mixture.
Can you reheat cob loaf
It’s best served immediately, however I have re-heated the next day covered in alfoil.
Do you eat the bread “bowl”?
It would be a crime not to!

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4544IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg
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John Kooyman

Sunday 29th of January 2023

DEEEELISH 👹😛🥰

Libby Hakim

Sunday 29th of January 2023

Woohoo!! Thanks so much for leaving a rating and review, John :) Happy cooking!

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