I have always been scared to bake bread. The thought of activating the yeast, kneading the dough and then STILL having to wait while the dough rises before you bake it is a total put off. I love bread just as much the next person but that feels like A LOT of effort. So when I realized that Irish soda bread included NONE of these steps, I really wanted to make it! This herb and cheese Irish soda bread is so easy to make. I promise there’s NO proofing or kneading! And the only waiting you’ll be doing is while it bakes in the oven. This Irish soda bread is loaded with chunks of brie and cheddar cheese and fresh herbs. It’s slightly crumbly and scone-like but also soft and cheesy.
I love a good cheese recipe, you all know that by now, but my favourite part of this recipe is that it comes together in less than an hour. I know right!?! Once everything is mixed together, just bake it for 25 minutes and you’ll be enjoying this loaf of bread in no time.
I added brie to this recipe because…well….brie! But can you seriously blame me? It’s creamy, gooey and slightly salty. My idea paid off. Because the brie bakes right into it and bubbles over the top of the loaf making it extra cheesy and gooey. Win! I cut up the brie into small chunks so that it would be oozing over the bread and I’m so glad I did.
This Irish soda bread comes together so easily! All you need to do is:
- Mix together all of the ingredients.
- Bake in the oven
- Watch an episode of the Mindy Project and silently wish to yourself that you had her wardrobe.
- EAT ALL THE BREAD!!!!!
Don’t you love it when its that easy? I think more recipes should include a step that tells you to go watch the Mindy Project. I would cook ALL of those recipes! Ha!
This bread is best served warm, but to be honest, it tastes delicious any time! I love that this recipe is a cross between bread and a scone. Its’ slightly crumbly texture makes this a perfect recipe to go with a big bowl of soup or chili. If I didn’t eat it all already, which I totally didn’t….except I did.
- 2 cups all purpose flour (plus extra for the surface)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp cream of tartar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup brie (in 1cm cubes)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp sage leaves, finely chopped
- ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup of water
- 1 egg
- Sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 425F. Lightly flour a baking sheet.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese and chopped herbs.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, water and egg. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir to incorporate.
- Pour the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Place the dough ball on the floured baking tray. With a knife, cut an "X" into the top of the ball.
- Bake for 25 minutes then remove from the oven. Let it cool slightly before slicing.
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