Cheese and herb Irish soda bread

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Irish soda bread flavored with cheese and herbs is the perfect, easy bread to serve with hearty stews or soups. It’s also perfect served simply with butter and the ultimate side dish for St. Patrick’s day.

Cheese and herb Irish soda bread

I am a big fan of easy, no-knead bread recipes. They make great side dishes and are perfect to have on hand for snacks served with butter and jam or topped with a fried egg for a quick breakfast or lunch. This cheesy herbed Irish soda bread is my latest obsession.

Not only does this bread take all of 10 minutes to throw together, it bakes relatively quickly and you are guaranteed a loaf of bread so delicious, you’ll want to gobble the entire thing up in one sitting.

It’s also very versatile and you can flavor the bread with anything you wish. Different kinds of cheese, herbs, fried onions, roasted garlic and even sun-dried tomatoes will all work perfectly in this loaf. I have chosen to keep it simple and classic with cheese and herbs. The rest of the ingredients are all pantry/fridge staples, making this Irish soda bread recipe even better.

Cheese and herb Irish soda bread

How to make Irish soda bread

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix to combine. Whisk an egg into buttermilk then pour into the dry ingredients and slowly bring the dough together using your hands. Take care not to over-mix the dough. When the dough is just starting to come together add the grated cheese and herbs then mix to bring the dough together in a round ball. The dough will be sticky and should look quite shaggy, not smooth at all.

Transfer the dough to a cast iron pot/Dutch oven line with baking paper. Score the top with a sharp knife and place the lid on top. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when knocked on the bottom. A skewer inserted should also come out clean. Allow to cool then serve with lots of butter.

How long does Irish soda bread last?

Although it’s best eaten the day it is baked, Irish soda bread will last 3-4 days. Wrap well with wax paper and foil to keep it fresh for longer. Stale bread can be served toasted.

What goes well with Irish soda bread?

 

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Cheese and herb Irish soda bread

4.17 from 12 votes
Cheese and herb Irish soda bread
Cheese and herb Irish soda bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Irish soda bread flavored with cheese and herbs is the perfect, easy bread to serve with hearty stews or soups. It's also perfect served simply with butter.

Course: Bread, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Baking
Keyword: Cheesy soda bread, Easy bread recipe, Irish soda bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 296 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour
  • tsp baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 cups (500ml) buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup fresh herbs, chopped (I used parsley, sage and chives)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/360ºF and line a Dutch oven/cast iron pot with baking/parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 

  3. Whisk an egg into the buttermilk and pour into the dry ingredients. 

  4. Mix the dough until it just starts to come together (there will be large lumps) then add the cheese and herbs. 

  5. Continue mixing until the dough just comes together. The dough will be sticky and shaggy looking (not too smooth or else it will be over-mixed). 

  6. Transfer to the prepared pot then score a cross onto the top with a sharp knife. Cover with the lid and place in the pre-heated oven. 

  7. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the bread is cooked through. It will sound hollow when knocked on the bottom and a skewers inserted will come out clean. 

  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving with butter. 

Nutrition Facts
Cheese and herb Irish soda bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 685mg 29%
Potassium 110mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 13.3%
Iron 17.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Showing 12 comments
  • Liza
    Reply

    May I ask if you used regular flour or extra strong bread flour ? Also what size Dutch oven did you use ? I’ve made it with just regular flour . Many thanks for sharing this recipe ,

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Yes, I use regular flour and it comes out perfectly every time.

  • Rebecca
    Reply

    The easiest bread recipe and it was so delicious. Will make again.

  • Sandra
    Reply

    I made this bread last weekend and it turned out perfectly! I’ve never made bread before so this was a great starter recipe and I love soda bread. My only question/comment is that when I took it out of the fridge today to have a slice to toast the colour was off…most of the centre looked greyish in colour. It didn’t smell or taste bad from what I could tell…what could have caused this? A chemical reaction due to the soda? the fresh herbs?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so glad you liked it. It could definitely be the herbs (especially sage can be quite grey) and I suppose it could also be a chemical reaction but mine didn’t discolour for days after so to be honest, I’m not entirely sure?

    • Lindy
      Reply

      Mine turned out wonderfully, but I saw the same grayness after a few days. The only herb I added was fresh chopped sage, and I also added way more cheese than the recipe called for. I think it is related to the sage after all. Still ate the whole loaf myself tho!

      • Alida Ryder
        Reply

        It must be the sage then, that’s so strange!

  • Belinda
    Reply

    Loved this recipe. Really so easy and delicious.

  • Reply

    I’m loving this cheesy/herby version Alida. Irish soda bread is one of my favorites. My mother always made it growing up!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Mary Ann. It’s such a comfort food classic.

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