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Cheddar and Scallion Soda Bread in a baking dish with scallions on the table.
Cheddar and Scallion Soda Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
42 mins
Total Time
52 mins

A deliciously savory spin on a traditional soda bread flecked with cheddar and scallions is St. Patrick's Day ready!

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: cheddar soda bread, soda bread
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 380 kcal
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and sliced, white and pale green parts only
  • 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted (+ 1 Tbsp butter for greasing the pan)
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt (coarse sea salt can be substituted)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease the bottom of a ceramic dutch oven (or a non-greased cast iron skillet if you prefer) with 1 Tbsp butter.

  2. In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, scallions and cheddar cheese.

  3. Add in the buttermilk and stir until just combined.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a round, no need to knead.
  5. Transfer to the prepared pan and cut a shallow cross in the center of the bread. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

  6. Cover and bake for 30 mins, remove the cover and continue to bake an additional 12-15 mins, or until golden brown.
  7. Cool slightly, cut into wedges, and serve with butter if desired.

Recipe Notes
  • Don't overmix the dough, stir just until the buttermilk is absorbed and the dough hold together.
  • Gather and form the dough into a round on a lightly floured surface. Use a light touch to ensure a tender crumb.
  • Be sure the pan is well greased with butter.
  • Be sure to bake the bread in a baking dish with a tight-fitted lid. You'll uncover it at the end of baking to brown.
  • This bread is delicious cut into wedges, served warm with butter.
Nutrition Facts
Cheddar and Scallion Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 1275mg55%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 560IU11%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 288mg29%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.