Cook's Hideout: Cheddar Cheese Soda Bread

April 27, 2012

Cheddar Cheese Soda Bread

Today I have a savory and cheesy bread that gets done in about an hour and goes well with soups. It has been a little chilly for the past few days and I decided to make some soup and a quick bread for dinner. When I found this recipe on King Arthur flour’s site, I thought it would go perfectly with my red lentil and tomato soup. 

If you are wondering what is the difference between soda bread and regular bread (like I did when I saw the recipe), soda breads utilize the reaction between baking soda and buttermilk to leavening instead of yeast. 

Recipe adapted from King Arthur flour site.
All-purpose flour – 1¼ cups
Whole-wheat flour – 1¼ cups 
Baking powder – 2tsp 
Baking soda – 1tsp 
Salt – ½ tsp 
Butter, Cold – 4tbsp, cut into tabs 
Buttermilk – 1¼ cups 
Cheddar cheese – 2cups, grated 
Egg – 1, large 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8” square or 9” round pan. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the cold butter and rub into the flour mixture until mixture is crumbly. Mix in the cheese. 
  • Combine buttermilk and egg in a measuring cup and add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until everything is moistened.
  • Transfer this very sticky dough into the prepared pan. Use wet fingers to spread the batter around in the pan. 
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean. 
  • Remove the bread from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before turning it over onto the cooling rack. Wait for at least 20 minutes before slicing to avoid crumbling of the bread. 
The next time I make this bread, I’ll probably add some cayenne and green onions to give some more flavor boost. I thin it can be easily made egg less. Also any melting cheese would be good in the bread, but the taste might be different. All in all it is a very delicious bread.


Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 5 of BM# 15.



  1. Another yummy bread Pavani. Perfect with the bowl of soup.


  2. I love Irish soda bread and have made it many times, however, never with cheese before...sounds good!

  3. this is on my to do list, soda bread,,urs looks awesome

  4. Pavani, I say it again..I am so much in love with your pictures!..thank you for the virtual treat!

  5. Very nice. I loved how you have paired it with soup.

  6. With so much cheese, it must have tasted divine...

  7. Lovely bread, beautifully baked.

  8. Pavani the bread looks very good..but what do I use to omit egg?

  9. The bread looks good. Pairing it with soup looks fantastic.

  10. Nice bread Pavani...i've never been succesful with breads because i bungle up on yeast. Looks like I could break my bread jinx with this one!

  11. bread along with soup, perfect meal

  12. Lovely recipe and yummy clicks

  13. Sounds like a real winner to me! I would love to try some.
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