Easy Cheese Soda Bread


It has been a while, I know. A belated Happy New Year to you!

To get me back in my blogging rhythm I have decided to share something which is very easy, very quick and does not require a specific trip to the supermarket. This recipe consists of everyday baking goods that you would have in your cupboard, or fridge.

Yes. Soda bread has to be the easiest, and the quickest of all bread to make. No fancy bread flour is required, just regular plain; no yeast needed, so no proving times; no fancy mixers required, just a bowl and spoon (sure, go ahead and use your mixer if you choose) and no specific tins, just a regular baking tray. You don’t even need to get your hands dirty here.


Traditionally, Irish Soda bread consists of just flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk. I have added an egg here, just to add to the flavour and crumbled blue cheese to complete the deliciousness. You can use any cheese you have, it will taste great. Also, don’t worry if you do not have buttermilk to hand. If I don’t have any, I improvise. I made this earlier in the week with a mixture of double cream and milk, in lieu of the buttermilk, but you could use natural yoghurt also. I had a great result with this substitute, so it works! Just ensure you have the correct overall volume.cheesesodabread-1-4

I, for one (in my mind, anyway), like to think that I am ‘watching what I eat’ now it is the New Year, so bread might not be on your ‘to bake’ list. However, what a great accompaniment this bread makes to some healthy, fresh, hot soup. Pretty good toasted with butter too. Something hearty for a cold, damp January weekend…



Easy Cheese Soda Bread


  • 500g plain flour, extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 400ml buttermilk (or a combination of natural yoghurt/double cream and milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 180g blue cheese, crumbled (or cheese of your choice)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C, or Gas Mark 6.
  2. Into a large bowl, or freestanding mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Mix to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add the buttermilk (or alternative) and combine well. Add to the flour mixture and mix slowly. When the dough has nearly come together, add the crumbled cheese. Mix further until a large ball of dough has formed.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment. Tip the dough directly onto the lined tray. With your hands, form a ball and gently flatten the top. Dust with flour and with a sharp knife, score a cross over the top of the dough.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, checking after 25 minutes until the bread is a rich, golden colour.
  6. Serve warm. Best eaten on the day of baking.

Source: Adapted from Paul Hollywood’s ‘How To Bake’





  1. Love blue cheese, Joanne! Fabulous combination!

  2. A VERYYYYYY HAPPPPY NEW YEARRRRR JO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 I love this soda bread! It looks phenomenal!!!!!! And the best part is that it is realllly quick to make so I can eat more bread and more soup! Loveeeee it! 🙂 🙂

  3. Bread is the perfect thing to bake in the New Year! And a very happy and healthy one to you this year, Jo! This looks sensational. It sounds easy but doesn’t look easy. I feel a constant chill these days and I’d love this soda bread with a big bowl of soup! : )

    • thecontentedbaker says:

      Thanks Monica! I have been so behind with my posts. This one really is easy Monica – a breeze for you!

  4. Happy new year lady! I’ve had irish soda bread on my baking bucket list for a while now … I need to just do it! This does sound absolutely perfect to go with some soup or chili (both of which we have been eating a lot of lately!). As much as I love yeast breads it’s so nice to have an easy quicker bread to change it up!

  5. Blue cheese already baked into the bread?! well that saves me a whole lot of time – we have TONNES of it left over from christmas great simple recipe- might make a batch next time we have broccoli and blue cheese soup 🙂

    • thecontentedbaker says:

      Yep! I just crumbled the blue cheese in the mixture. It worked well. Lots of crispy, cheesy lumps in the crust too! Mmmm, broccoli and blue cheese soup sounds good Amy!

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