Cheddar Onion Soda Bread

Quick soda bread flavored with onion and Cheddar cheese is the perfect go-with for your St. Patrick's stew or corned beef dinner. But it's so fast and versatile, you'll make it for just about any soup dinner.


2 loaves (12 servings)


4 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons confectioners' (powdered) sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together bread flour, salt, and baking powder until thoroughly combined. Beat in the butter, buttermilk, and confectioners' sugar to make a dough; gently mix in the onion and Cheddar cheese. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a ball. Place the loaves onto the prepared baking sheet, and gently flatten to about 2 inches thick. Dust each loaf with flour.

Bake on a preheated oven until browned, about 30 minutes. Cool on wire cooking racks for a few minutes; serve warm.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes

Additional Information

To make into biscuits, increase the cheese and onion to 1 cup each. Form into drop biscuits on the parchment-lined sheet, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top and cooked through.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264; Total Fat: 9.1 g; Cholesterol: 24 mg; Sodium: 487 mg; Total Carbs: 36.9 g (Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g); Protein: 8.2 g

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