Crispy Bacon & Cheddar Soda Bread (Makes 1 Loaf)

Cheddar Cheese bacon bread

Ingredients

  1. 400g/14oz plain flour
  2. 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  3. 1tsp salt
  4. 300ml/½pt buttermilk
  5. 50-100ml cold water
  6. 200g/7oz smoked streaky bacon, fried off until crisp and cooled
  7. 85g/3oz mature cheddar cheese, grated

Cheddar Cheese Bacon Loaf

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200c/400f/GM6/Aga-baking oven.
  2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a mixing bowl, add the bacon and cheese.
  3. Mix to a soft dough with the buttermilk, if too dry add a touch of water very gradually. The dough should be soft, not too wet and not too sticky.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and gently shape the dough into an oblong.
  5. Place the dough on a lightly floured baking sheet, sprinkle some flour over the top and then make some slashes across the dough.
  6. Bake in the oven for 35-40mins. Aga – baking oven for 30mins, then roasting oven for 5-10mins or until just lightly browned.
  7. Take out of the oven, turn upside down and tap the bottom of the bread. It will sound hollow when properly cooked through.
  8. Cool on a wire rack or wrap in a tea-towel until cool.

Cheddar Cheese Bacon Loaf Recipe

Think Ahead & Helpful Hints

  • This bread is best eaten on the day however it is still good a day or two after. Slice and toast to have with breakfast or brunch. Great with a poached, fried or scrambled eggs
  • The trick with this bread is not to over-mix the dough. Bring together as quickly and as gently as possible, keeping it light and airy.
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