Soda bread is a filling & wholesome recipe and a great introduction to bread making. This tasty soda bread recipe is super as a lunchtime treat for hungry guests or delicious for brunch served with scrambled eggs.
Cheese & Pancetta Soda Bread
Ingredients (makes one large loaf)
500g strong white flour
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp of salt
200 ml of natural yoghurt
200ml of full fat milk
(alternatively many recipes use 400ml of buttermilk, however don’t worry if you can’t find this – a half and half mix of natural yoghurt and milk works just as well).
100g pancetta (cubed)
100g matured cheddar (chopped into small cubes or grated)
1) Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade whilst you chop your cheese and fry off your pancetta.
2) Mix the yoghurt and milk together in a measuring jug or small bowl.
3) Mix all of the dry ingredients into a clean bowl and then add in the mixed yoghurt and milk. Combine these with a fork, until the ‘dough’ becomes to form and becomes very craggy – so that it is too hard to mix with a spoon.
4) Now it’s time to get your hands in and mix well (& quickly). Add the cheese and pancetta and combine, forming a ball with the cheese and pancetta mixed well throughout.
5) Put the soda bread onto a large baking sheet, lined with parchment / greaseproof paper.
6) Flatten this down with your hand and then make 4 good indentations with a knife or dough scraper. These should cut deeply through the bread, but don’t cut straight through – you don’t want to divide the loaf into four!
7) Dust with some flour and bake for 30-35 minutes until the base sounds hollow and the top is a golden brown.
8) Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes on a wire rack, then enjoy! Best eaten on the day of baking, if you have any left over, serve as toast the following day.
Enjoy & happy baking!