Pep up your regular soda bread by adding cheese and herbs. Cheddar And Herbs Soda bread is easy to bake. It is ideal when planning a quick meal. Serve it with soup or stews. Slather butter or jam and enjoy in breakfast. Or, enjoy just plain with tea.
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1 Â½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
25 Gms (1/4 stick) butter (room temperature)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 Â¼ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons mixed herbs (oregano, thyme,rosemary) or Pizza herbs
Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Place a parchment sheet on the baking tray. Dust with flour.
Whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, herbs, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.Add butter. Reserve one tablespoon grated cheese and add the rest. Mix well with hands. Mix till the mixture looks like crumbs.
Add sugar to buttermilk. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture. Mix quickly until dough becomes shaggy, wet and sticky. Turn it out onto a floured counter and start to knead.
Chemical reaction of baking soda with buttermilk will start as soon as they meet. Knead only for a minute. As soon as the dough seems to come together, shape it.
Flatten the lump of dough to a circle of about 6-8 inches in diameter. With floured hands, transfer dough to the prepared baking tray. Sprinkle the reserved cheese.
Make a cross with a sharp knife. The cuts should go halfway down through the sides of the circle of dough.
Bake at 220 degrees for 20 minutes. Lower temperature to 180 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.
By the end of baking time, the bread should have turned golden and the cheese would have browned. Tap the bottom of the bread. A hollow sound means that it is done.
Remove from the oven and cool in the rack, Slice when cold.
Add more cheese and herbs for greater taste and flavour.
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