Cheddar Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

Oh my, you really must try this recipe it makes the most delicious flavoursome cheese and onion bread. The kitchen smells whilst this bread bakes are heavenly and I assure you, you will love it. Best of all because it is soda bread there’s no laborious kneading or waiting for dough to prove. This recipe was inspired by my lovely mum.

Cheddar Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

Ingredients (Makes 1 loaf)

400g plain white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
300ml buttermilk
150g strong cheddar cheese (grated)
1 medium onion (chopped)
15g unsalted butter

Soda bread ingredients


1. Pre heat your oven to Fan 200c and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

2. Heat the butter in a frying pan until melted, then sauté the onion until it is transparent and very soft. Set aside to cool.

Sautéing the onion

3. Put all the dry ingredients except 50g of cheese in a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon. Then make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk. Mix with the wooden spoon and then bring the dough together with your hands to create a sticky dough.

In the bowl

4. Dust your work surface with flour, put the dough on the floured surface and shape into a flattened ball.

5. Place the dough onto the lined baking sheet and using a sharp knife cut deeply vertically and then horizontally over the dough to form a cross.

6. Sprinkle the remaining 50g of cheese on top.

Ready for baking

7. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, then cover the bread with foil and bake for a further 10 minutes.

8. When fully baked the soda bread should sound hollow when tapped underneath and be beautifully golden brown.

9. Then allow to cool on a wire rack.

Baked soda bread

Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

Soda bread is gorgeous served buttered along with a bowl of warm soup. I have a few soup recipes you may like to try Spicy Carrot Soup, Frugal Soup (butternut squash and carrot) and Roast Butternut Squash Soup.

If you enjoy making soda bread, give my Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Soda Bread recipe a go.

Do you have a favourite bread recipe? I would love to hear about it. Don’t forget to leave your comments in the box below.

Happy baking.


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32 thoughts on “Cheddar Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

  1. The Free From Fairy says:

    Yum yum! I have hopped over from recipe of the week. Will certainly be trying to make this gluten-free…bit of a challenge on the dairy-free front with the cheese but might just hide it from my daughter who can’t have dairy and scoff it all myself!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Julie says:

      That’s very kind of you to say, I hope you have a go at making it. Soda bread is so quick and simple to make, I think you’ll be pleased with the result.

  2. Emily @amummytoo says:

    Sounds delicious – I could fancy a slice or two right now. Thanks so much for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live now for this week. Hope you can join in! x

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