Cheddar Onion Soda Bread

Cheddar Onion Soda Bread


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This Irish soda bread is full of tasty onions and cheddar cheese. By using baking powder and buttermilk, the bread rises without any yeast at all.


Serves: 12 

  • 4 cups (550g) high grade flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 90g butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup (120g) onion, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup (90g) Cheddar cheese, grated

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder until thoroughly combined. Beat in the butter, buttermilk and icing sugar to make a dough; gently mix in the onion and Cheddar cheese. Divide dough in half then shape each half into a ball. Place the loaves onto the prepared baking tray then gently flatten to about 5cm thick. Dust each loaf with flour.
  3. Bake on a preheated oven until browned, about 30 minutes. Cool on racks for a few minutes; serve warm.

Cook's note

To make into scones, increase the cheese and onion to 1 cup each. Drop spoonfuls of dough on the baking paper lined tray then bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top and cooked through.

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