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  • Writer's pictureHeather Green

Cheddar and Rosemary Irish Soda Bread

I will show you how to make Cheddar Rosemary Soda Bread just in time for St. Patrick's Day! Soda bread uses baking soda instead of yeast to make the bread rise. The addition of cheddar and rosemary not only brings in the colors from the Irish flag but also makes this a delicious carb to have with that pint of Guinness!


Cheddar and Rosemary Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Cream of Tartar

  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 2 tbsp Butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoons fresh chopped Rosemary

  • 4 ounces grated Sharp Cheddar

  • 1 ½ cups Buttermilk

  • 1 whole large Egg


1.) Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

2.) Mix the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, pepper, rosemary, cheese and butter until combined.

3.) In a separate bowl, add the egg to the buttermilk and beat until mixed.

4.) Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour and mix until it becomes a sticky ball.

5.) Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead the dough until it's able to hold a ball shape without flattening. This is a very loose and wet dough so have some extra flour for dusting your hands and the surface.

6.) Place the dough onto your prepared baking tray and cut a small X on top of the bread.

7.) Sprinkle the top with some more salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes. The loaf should be golden in color. Be sure to keep an eye on it, as it can burn easily.

8.) Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving with butter and maybe a glass of your favorite ale! Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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