Cheese & Chive Soda Bread

Firstly, the photo of this bread is a bit crap. I hadn’t intended blogging it; however quite a few people asked me about it so here it is.

I made this to go with soup, it was delicious. I make a slow roasted tomato soup from time to time as well; this will accompany that too, a perfect pair I should think.

The recipe featured in the March edition of Easy Food magazine, I did alter it slightly, that recipe had onion too. My children would have been picking it out, so I left it out.

Cheese & Chive Soda Bread cheese

500g Plain Flour
2 tsp Bread Soda
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Sea Salt
60g Butter
125g Cheddar, grated
2 tbsp Chives, snipped
250ml Buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan. Line a tray with baking parchment or dust with flour.
  • Sift the flour, bread soda, paprika and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the butter, rubbing it in until it has a crumb consistency.
  • Set a tablespoon of the cheddar aside for the top and stir the rest of it onto the flour mix, followed by the chives.
  • Stir the milk in until you have a craggy dough, then turn it out onto a floured surface, quickly bringing it together into a round shape.
  • Transfer the bread to the baking sheet, cut a cross in the top and sprinkle the reserved cheddar over it.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 200C/180C fan and bake for a further 35 minutes, or until it has risen well and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

This could also be cut into scones and baked (reduce the temperature by 20C and reduce the cooking time to 15-20 minutes) They would be a lovely alternative to a sandwich in work and school lunchboxes.

7 thoughts on “Cheese & Chive Soda Bread

  1. Yum. I sometimes make cheese and olive scones (an adaptation of a Delia Smith recipe). This reminds me of them. I must give it a go. I love soda bread. So handy.

    1. Thanks Donna, tbh most of the time mine is plain too or Id throw in some mixed seeds. My middle boy would live on soda bread though and he likes it plain so it’s him I’m catering for most of the time with it!

  2. I forget about soda bread when I am on the hunt for a quick bake bread type recipe. Silly really as we have a lot of soda & wheaten bread in Ireland!

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