If you like to make bread, this soda bread can be made with any combination that you like. For instance, this recipe is made with a dubliner cheese which tastes like a mild cheddar and green onions, but you could switch those out for bacon and sun-dried tomatoes. Or caraway seeds with raisins. Let your imagination go wild. Makes 1 loaf.
1 lb (2 2/3rd cups) unbleached all-purpose flour + extra for dusting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dubliner cheese, grated
4 green onions, finely chopped
12 oz (1 1/2 cups) buttermilk
No buttermilk: you can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice per cup of milk; then let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Preheat oven 450F with the rack placed in the center of the oven. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Make a “well” in the center of the dry ingredients and stir in the cheese and green onions. Add in the buttermilk and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Once the dough binds together transfer to a floured surface and knead until it’s no longer sticky. Form into a round shape roughly 6” in diameter. Place on a nonstick baking sheet and cut a deep cross in the top.
Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 400F and bake another 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crusty. It should sound hallow when tapped on the bottom. If not, it’s not done. Once done let cool on a wire rack 20 minutes. Best eaten while still warm. Slice and serve with butter. Yum Yum!