DILL WHITE CHEDDAR IRISH SODA BREAD — Soda bread is loaded with aged white cheddar and fresh dill in this unique, savory version of the traditional Irish quick bread.
One of the easiest ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to bake up a loaf of soda bread, and once you try this Dill White Cheddar Irish Soda Bread, you’ll want to make it all year long.
If you can find Irish white cheddar, or even English white cheddar, that’s your best option. But cheddar cheese is delicious no matter where it comes from.
The fresh dill really does make this loaf special though, so definitely don’t skip that! And feel free to add as much as your heart desires. A little extra black pepper doesn’t hurt either.
As always, soda bread is super quick and easy to make, and since it’s supposed to look rustic, you don’t have to worry about making a perfectly shaped loaf.
Sprinkling the loaf with some extra grated cheese part-way through baking also helps give it a rustic look.
Why cut the large X in the top of the loaf you ask? Well, in the 19th century, people believed that a cross slashed into the top of the bread let the devil out during baking.
So it’s really a matter of tradition more than a matter of science, but I figure why not go the traditional route when celebrating holidays.
Thanks to the cheese, this bread always comes out moist and tender, with a bit of a pleasant tang. Considering you can have a loaf fresh from the oven in under an hour, this recipe really is a keeper.
So if you’re looking for something simple to bake for friends and family on St. Patrick’s Day–or any day–give this Dill White Cheddar Irish Soda Bread a try.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Dill White Cheddar Irish Soda Bread
- Baking soda
- Aged white cheddar cheese
- Fresh dill
- 3 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups grated aged white cheddar cheese, divided
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- Pepper, to taste
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Set aside 2 round cake pans.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, 1 cup of the cheese, dill and pepper.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Using your hands, mix the dry ingredients into the center. Continue mixing gently until a rough ball of dough forms (dough may be sticky).
- Turn the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and gently shape into a round. Pat the dough into a 2 inch thick disk. Lifting with the parchment paper, place the dough (and parchment) into one of the cake pans. With a floured knife, cut a 1-inch deep slit into the top of the bread.
- Cover loaf with the other cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove the top pan and sprinkle the loaf with the remaning 1/4 cup of cheese. Continue baking, uncovered, for another 10-15 minutes, or until loaf is golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly before slicing.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 443mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
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