Hi everyone! Today I’m going to share a really easy and quick recipe which will help you use up the buttermilk you bought for this. Buttermilk does last a good while in the fridge but sometimes it’s hard to think of what you can put it in (though duhh pancakes on Sunday would be perfect). Anyway, today’s recipe is Cheese and Onion Soda Bread. This would be perfect along with soup on Christmas day – DO IT.
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Right you need:
500g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
grated cheese (I used cheddar)
1 chopped raw onion
400 ml buttermilk
Firstly, preheat your oven to 200 degrees and find a flat baking sheet. Dust it with flour. You shouldn’t need to line it, the flour will stop it from sticking. However, if you’re baking sheet is really old you might want to.
Weigh out your flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and mix. Grate out the required amount of cheese, I used about 100g but if you looooove cheese you might want to add more.
Alternatively you could add two different types of cheese and go half and half. It’s nice to experiment. Remember, different cheeses have different strengths so will produce very different breads. Begin the soda bread journey folks.
Next, chop your onion. Today I used a normal white onion, but I think red may be even nicer. I like to chop the onion quite small – it’s up to you though!
Throw the cheese and onion into your flour and mix. Pour in your buttermilk and using you hand, make it into a claw- and mix. The dough will be quite wet and very soft. Tip it out on to a floured board and gently knead. You don’t knead to knead it too much (See what I did there? No knead for jokes you might say), you just want to shape it into a ball. Lift onto your baking sheet and flatten the ball a bit with you hand.
Now get a knife and cut a cross into the top of the bread. This cross is said to warn off evil so may as well. Can’t hurt, surely? Brush the top with egg and then grate a tiny bit more cheese over the top to finish.
Place the loaf into your hot oven for 35 minutes. The loaf will go lovely and crispy on the outside and will be hallow when you tap it at the bottom.
This loaf would be lovely with soup of any kind but would also be nice with some ham or even on it’s own as an evening snack.