Herbed cheddar soda bread

Prep 20 min
Total 55 min
Serves 6

Ward off the chill with a steaming bowl of soup and fresh-from-the-oven bread. This tempting, hearty recipe is surprisingly easy – and totally satisfying.

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Ingredients

2 cups
all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups
whole-wheat flour
1 tsp
1 tsp
dried basil
1/2 tsp
dried oregano
1/2 tsp
dried thyme
1 tsp
1/4 cup
cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cups
lightly packed, coarsely grated cheddar
1 3/4 cups

Instructions

  • Position oven rack in bottom third of oven. Preheat to 400F. Spray 2 8 × 4-in. loaf pans. Stir flours with baking soda, herbs and salt in a large bowl until combined. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Stir in cheese. Pour in buttermilk and stir just until combined.
  • Transfer dough to a well-floured surface. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into a loaf about 7 in. long. Place in prepared pans.
  • Bake in bottom third of oven until tops of loaves are deep golden, 35 to 45 min. Remove to a wire rack to cool for 10 min. Run a knife around inside edge of each pan, then turn loaves out onto rack to cool completely. Soda bread keeps well for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories 247
Protein 10 g
Carbohydrates 31 g
Fat 10 g
Fibre 3 g
Sodium 417 mg
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Issue: February 2011

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Photo credit: Herbed cheddar soda bread recipe Photo, John Cullen.

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