Ancho Chilli and Smoky Cheddar Soda Bread

Soft, fluffy soda bread, with fiery ancho chilli, and gooey chunks of smoky cheddar cheese. 

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This is my episode three Bake Off themed post. Episode three was bread week, and I have decided to try out soda bread, as I have never made it before! I used this Jamie Oliver Simple Soda bread recipe, but added the chilli and cheese to make it more interesting!

I wasn’t sure how soda bread would taste as i have never tried it before, but I really liked it. I think it tastes a lot like a savoury scone, so very soft and crumbly. I found this really easy to make as well, its literally just mixing all the ingredients together and then baking it, not much effort required!

I will be bringing this along to Fiesta Friday#82  this week, hosted by Angie! Happy Friday!!

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Ingredients: Makes 1 Large Loaf

  • 350g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 300ml buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp tomato and chilli pesto
  • 150g smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 ancho chilli

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 To Make:

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.

Place the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix together.

In a separate bowl, use a balloon whisk to beat the egg and buttermilk, and pesto together.

Cut 2/3 of the cheese into small 1cm cubes and finely chop the soaked ancho chilli. Mix into the flour mixture.
Use a fork to stir the egg mixture into the flour, then as it starts to come together, use your hands to pat and bring the dough together.

Shape the dough into a ball and place onto a lightly floured baking tray.  Use a knife to cut a deep cross in the top, then grate over the rest of the cheddar cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until golden brown. (The loaf should sound hollow when tapped!)
Serve warm with a good covering of butter, enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Ancho Chilli and Smoky Cheddar Soda Bread”

  1. I have always been intrigued of soda bread, but I still haven’t tried making one. This looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing at FF this week. I hope you are having a great time. Happy FF. 🙂

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