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Jim's Cheddar Onion Soda Bread


"I begged this recipe from my co-worker when he 'accidentally' mentioned he had a great soda bread recipe. It was perfect timing, because St. Patrick's Day was only days away!"
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55 m servings 264 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 loaves)


  • Calories:
  • 264 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 9.1 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.9g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 8.2 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 487 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake on a preheated oven until browned, about 30 minutes. Cool on racks for a few minutes; serve warm.


  • Cook's Note
  • 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.

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Fabulous Irish Soda Bread! I love Irish soda bread and generally only make it once a year. And, I'll admit I'm used to the ones that are a bit more on the sweet side - made with raisins or curra...

Most helpful critical review

I followed the recipe to a T and didn't enjoy it at all. Looked like a cheddar bay biscuit on steroids. Flavor was very bland. Guess soda bread isn't my fav.

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Fabulous Irish Soda Bread! I love Irish soda bread and generally only make it once a year. And, I'll admit I'm used to the ones that are a bit more on the sweet side - made with raisins or curra...

I'm happy to be this recipe's first reviewer! This is not your average soda bread - I'm sure no soda bread aficionado, but in my limited experience I've found it to be quite plain and, well, kin...

Hubs said he'd rather have this than dessert. I used green onions and sharp cheddar. Baked exactly 30 minutes. Served with Herb Butter from this site per Jillian's suggestion. Thanks Keri for a ...

Made this for Recipe Group and we LOVED it! I was really excited to try this for a few reasons...first, today we had our annual St. Patrick's Day dinner and though I always make traditional Iris...

Made this for the Recipe Group this week. This is the best soda bread I have ever tasted or made. The entire family enjoyed it this evening with our St. Paddy's meal. I didn't realize that I onl...

I made this recipe as wriitten but for using all purpose flour. The aroma as it was baking was unreal, but I admit I wasn't really expecting it to have quite the equal amount of flavor. I was wr...

Made this for Recipe Group. I couldn't wait! Easy to put together, smells wonderful. Taste is really good. I used green onions instead of regular and AP flour. This may have made them a little m...

Very yummy bread! I made this exactly to the specifications of the recipe except halved, and it was perfect--down to the timing of the baking! Everyone loved this bread. Thanks, Keri, and m...

Delish!! All the way around. The ease of this recipe was great! The flavor popped on the crust with the flavoring on onions. My husband doesn't like raw crunchy onions but went back several time...