Basic Irish Soda Bread With Cheese Recipe -
Basic Irish Soda Bread With Cheese Recipe
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Basic Irish Soda Bread With Cheese

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"This is the most simple Irish Soda Bread recipe I've ever used. I learned it from an old Irish gentleman years ago, and it's been my favorite ever since. You can make it simply, and without the cheese, or add the cheese. With or without it, this recipe is great served with soups!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat eggs in a bowl and set aside. Place the Parmesan cheese into a shallow bowl.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda until well combined. Add in milk, several tablespoons at a time, until the mixture forms a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface, and knead several times until the dough comes together.
  3. Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick, and cut into 2x3-inch squares. Brush each square with beaten egg, and dip the top of the square into the Parmesan cheese. Place the squares onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the squares are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 27, 2010

5 stars not enough! I added buttermilk instead of plain milk, and being in a hurry didn't cut the dough into squares, just rolled it into a wheel and put the beaten egg (yes, 1 is enough) on top, with some shredded provolone just dumped on it. After 10 minutes it was ready and I cut it into wedges. Wonderful!!! like a pizza, but no waiting for the dough to rise! Shamefully easy and quick, and I got a lot of praise.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 18, 2011

Basic Irish Soda Bread Haiku: "Yes, it is basic. By basic, I mean boring. Drag it through some soup!" OK, maybe I'm a novice when it comes to dough, but I had a really difficult, sticky disaster of a time rolling this and cutting it into rectangles. And forget dipping them in the egg (btw, yes, 1 egg's plenty) - I had to brush the egg on. Took more like 22 min. for mine to get even remotely brown. I ate a piece plain (yawn), but liked it a whole lot more when I ate it w/ soup. Later on, I spread humus on it, toasted, and that was pretty tasty, but by itself, it's a little mundane. Perhaps per one of the more glowing reviews, I should've used buttermilk instead?

Mar 19, 2010

Made this for a St. Patrick's Day party and everyone loved it! Very easy to make and the recipe is accurate - the only change is that you definitely don't need two beaten eggs - one is more than enough for glazing the bread. Thanks!!

Mar 14, 2011

This recipe was quite simple and easy to make but, I found it a little plain. I enjoyed it with cream cheese and some other toppings. Perhaps I'm missing the context of the bread but, there just isn't any excitement.

Mar 17, 2011

Tried this recipe and it was wonderful, goes great with soups or without

Mar 29, 2011

Excellent recipe. Made it for patty's day and I daresay it will be a recipe I will use alot! I used it as a pizza dough today (as one person mentioned) and it really turned out great! To the person below who had a sticky mess: I had the same result until I remembered that dough needs to be kneaded! I sprinkled some flour on it and kneaded away until it was no longer a sticky mess, this may just be the advice you were looking for. Good luck! It is a really versatile recipe.

Mar 18, 2011

Very simple and delicious! Big hit with my Irish husband :)

Mar 18, 2011

The word 'basic' in the title of this recipe started wheels turning in my head. The following is where I went with this wonderful bread: First, I increased the recipe by 50%, then 1) In the dough, I mixed 3 tablespoons sliced black olives and 1/4 teaspoon Herbs de Provence. 2) I rolled it out into a circle about 3/8 of an inch thick. 3) I only used 1 egg for brushing the top. 4) For the topping, I used 4 sun dried tomatoes (sliced), and equal amounts of assiaga, flaked Parmesan and fresh grated mozzarella cheeses ~~ totaling 1 cup. Baking time was 19 minutes @ 400 F. It rose to 3/4 of an inch when done. I cut it into squares and served warm at yesterdays St. Patricks Day party. Okay, so what I did to it made it so VERY unIrish (more mediteranean). I'm looking forward to using this basic recipe for other tasty experiments!


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  • Calories
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 4.1 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 407 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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