Friday, August 31, 2012

Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

Last night we were trying to eat through the leftovers in the fridge. We had leftover corn chowder and vegetable and bulgur soup. So, I pulled together a salad and made this delightful version of a soda bread. This is a recipe from a book I got on the bargain aisle at the book store. It's called 100 Great Breads by Paul Hollywood. Serve this bread warm right out of the oven with butter. I don't know that it's a traditional Irish soda bread (cheese and onions don't seem too far fetched), but it sure tastes good!

Cheese and Onion Soda Bread
Scant 4 cups white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
1.5 tsp salt
1.25 cups buttermilk
2 tbs sugar
3/4 stick butter, softened
1 tbs baking powder
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet or prepare a baking stone.

2. Put all the ingredients except the onion and cheese in a food mixer and, using a paddle blade and medium speed, blend together for 2 minutes. Alternatively, put into a bowl and mix well by hand for 5 minutes. Add the onion and cheese and incorporate. Don't overmix.

3. Divide the dough into two pieces and tip out onto a lightly floured counter. Shape each piece into a ball, then flatted each with your hand so they are approximately 2 inches/5 cm thick. Cut a deep cross into each, then dust with a little flour and put on the baking sheet or stone.

4. Bake for 3o minutes and serve warm.

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