Delicious Herb Irish Soda Bread Recipe to Savor

Welcome to my kitchen, where I specialize in creating delicious British cuisine. Today, I am very excited to share with you my recipe for a classic Irish Soda Bread with a tasty twist of cheddar and herbs.

This Herb Irish Soda Bread is the perfect addition to any meal or as a quick snack on the go. And, with its easy-to-follow steps, even beginner bakers can make this bread without any trouble.

One of the best things about this recipe is that you don’t need to be an expert baker or have any special equipment to make it. This bread requires only a few ingredients that you can find in your local grocery store’s baking aisle, and it doesn’t require any yeast or proofing. All you need are some basic ingredients, a mixing bowl, and an oven.

So why not give this recipe a try? Follow along as I take you through each step, providing helpful tips and substitutions along the way. Trust me when I say this Herb Irish Soda Bread is so delicious that it will quickly become your new favorite recipe.

Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Herb Irish Soda Bread
Herb Irish Soda Bread

Are you looking for a bread recipe that is easy to make, tastes delicious, and comes together in no time at all? Look no further than this Cheddar Herb Irish Soda Bread recipe!

This recipe combines classic soda bread ingredients like flour, baking soda, and buttermilk with the flavorful additions of cheddar cheese and fresh herbs. The savory cheese pairs perfectly with the herbs, creating a taste that will leave you wanting more.

Not only is this bread tasty, but it’s also incredibly versatile. It can be served alongside a hearty stew or soup, toasted for breakfast with a smear of butter or cream cheese, or even enjoyed on its own as a snack. Additionally, this recipe can easily be adapted to suit your dietary needs – whether you prefer gluten-free or traditional Irish Soda Bread, we’ve got you covered.

But perhaps the best part of this recipe is how simple it is to make. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time required, even novice bakers can achieve perfect results every time. And because there’s no yeast involved, there’s no need to wait for hours for the dough to rise – simply mix the ingredients together and pop it in the oven!

So why not give this Cheddar Herb Irish Soda Bread a try? You won’t be disappointed by its mouth-watering flavor or its simplicity to prepare.

Ingredient List

Slice into this Irish soda bread and inhale the delicious scent of herbs and freshly baked bread.
Slice into this Irish soda bread and inhale the delicious scent of herbs and freshly baked bread.

To make this Herb Irish Soda Bread, you will need the following ingredients:
– 4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, or rosemary)
– 1 cup freshly grated Irish cheddar cheese
– 1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups of milk (Note: Adjust as needed)
1 tablespoon of white vinegar (Note: This will create a “buttermilk” substitute)

Gather all of these ingredients prior to beginning this recipe. It’s important to note that the quality of ingredients used can greatly influence the final result. Use the freshest herbs and cheddar cheese possible. Do not use pre-shredded cheese as it can contain anti-caking agents that may affect the texture of your bread. Make sure your milk and vinegar is fresh, especially if using any substitutions.

The Recipe How-To

This bread pairs perfectly with a hearty stew or soup.
This bread pairs perfectly with a hearty stew or soup.

Mixing the Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

Adding the Cheddar and Herbs

Next, add in the cheddar herb mixture1 1/2 cups grated Irish cheddar cheese and a handful of chopped fresh herbs like parsley and chives. Mix everything together thoroughly.

Preparing the Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups of buttermilk, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Whisk until everything is combined.

Combining Dry and Wet Ingredients

Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir everything together until just combined.


Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a cast-iron pan or a mini loaf pan.

Transfer your dough onto the greased pan, shaping it into a round disk or mini loaves, depending on your pan size preference. Cut an “X” into the top of your bread.

Bake for around 40-50 minutes, or until your bread has become golden brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped on its bottom. Once removed from the oven, let it cool down for a few minutes before slicing it up and serving!

Substitutions and Variations

Each slice is packed with flavor, thanks to the combination of fresh herbs.
Each slice is packed with flavor, thanks to the combination of fresh herbs.

There are a few ways to change up this Herb Irish Soda Bread recipe to give it your own personal touch. Whether you’re looking to switch up the flavor profile or make it a bit more health-conscious, here are a few substitutions and variations to try:

1. Gluten-Free Option: If you or someone you’re cooking for has a gluten intolerance or allergy, fear not – this recipe can easily be adapted! Simply swap out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, and use 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (instead of the full amount of baking soda called for in the recipe). You might also need to adjust the amount of liquid used – start with 1 3/4 cups of milk, and add more as needed until you have a dough that can be shaped into a loaf.

2. Cheese Variations: While this recipe calls for cheddar cheese and fresh herbs, you can certainly mix it up with different types of cheese or different herb combinations. Try using Swiss or Gouda in place of cheddar, or experiment with herbs like rosemary or thyme.

3. Savory Add-Ins: To give your bread an extra kick of flavor and texture, consider adding in some chopped garlic or chopped onion along with the herbs and cheese. Bacon bits or diced ham would also make delicious additions!

4. Mini Loaves: Want to really impress your guests? Instead of shaping your dough into one large loaf, divide it into four smaller portions and form them into mini loaves. This is a great option if you’re serving a group that likes to customize their toppings – each person can have their own mini loaf to load up with their favorite spreads.

No matter how you decide to customize this recipe, I hope you enjoy this delicious twist on traditional Irish soda bread!

Serving and Pairing

Compared to traditional loaves, this soda bread is easy to make and requires no kneading.
Compared to traditional loaves, this soda bread is easy to make and requires no kneading.

Serving your freshly baked Herb Irish Soda Bread is a moment of pure pleasure. The bread comes out crusty and dense, with a beautiful golden-brown color and a delicious savory aroma that fills the room. It pairs perfectly well with almost anything, but it achieves its full potential when served warm or toasted with a good quality butter.

For breakfast, you can slice this bread and toast it, and top it up with some homemade jam or honey. As an appetizer or snack, serve it with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, hummus dip or your favorite cheese board. This bread also makes for an excellent accompaniment to hearty soups, stews, and chilis.

If you’re looking for an unusual sandwich experience, cut the bread into thick slices and use it as the base for your sandwich filling. Try combining sliced ham, cheese, mustard and pickles – the cheesy flavor of the bread complements these ingredients beautifully.

To get the most out of your Herb Irish Soda Bread’s flavor profile, pair it with an equally savory dish. Traditional Irish recipes such as corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie go well with this bread. It also works well as part of a charcuterie board or cheese platter – choose salty cheeses like blue cheese or feta to perfectly balance out the herbaceous flavor of the soda bread.

In conclusion, herb Irish soda bread is versatile on its own or as part of any meal that requires a rustic-style accompaniment from sweet to savory dishes in between.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

The crust is perfectly crisp and deeply golden.
The crust is perfectly crisp and deeply golden.

Now, let’s talk about how to make this Herb Irish Soda Bread ahead of time, store leftovers, and reheat it for optimal taste and texture.

If you decide to make the bread ahead of time, allow it to cool completely after baking, then wrap tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. It can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days but it will stay fresh longer in the fridge, for up to one week. If you have any leftovers that you don’t plan on using within that time frame, freezing is an option – just ensure the bread is in an airtight container or bag. The bread should be thawed at room temperature before reheating.

To reheat your Herb Irish Soda Bread, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the bread (unwrapped) on a baking sheet with a light mist of water or covered loosely in foil. Warm up until desired crispy edge and soft center are achieved – this takes about 10 minutes. Alternatively, if you prefer to use a toaster oven, slice the bread into desired thicknesses and toast lightly until golden brown.

One thing to note when reheating Irish soda bread is that over-toasting it can cause it to become hard and dry – be careful not to overdo things! Still, when properly stored and reheated (or eaten fresh out of the oven), the Herb Irish Soda Bread maintains its sustainability without comprising its fine quality ingredients.

Tips for Perfect Results

To achieve the desirable crust and texture, make sure to follow the baking instructions carefully.
To achieve the desirable crust and texture, make sure to follow the baking instructions carefully.

Now that you have your ingredients ready and the recipe at hand, let me share with you some tips that will make the difference in achieving perfect results for this Herb Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Firstly, always sift the dry ingredients as this will remove any lumps and aerate the flour. When mixing the dough, handle it gently and avoid overworking it. You don’t want to activate too much gluten which will make your bread tough.

Moreover, if you want to add cheese or herbs to your bread, make sure they are at room temperature before adding them to the dough. This will ensure they mix evenly throughout the dough and enhance the flavor of your bread.

If you prefer a crustier bread, try using a heavy cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven when baking. Preheat the skillet in the oven before placing the dough into it. This will create a nice crispy crust on your bread.

Another tip is to let the bread cool completely before slicing it. If you slice it while it’s still warm, it can become crumbly and fall apart. So be patient and give it time to cool down.

Lastly, if you want your soda bread to last longer, store it in a plastic bag in the fridge. It can last for about 3-4 days. Before serving, warm it up in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to achieve perfect results every time you make this delicious Herb Irish Soda Bread. Enjoy!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, there’s nothing quite like biting into a warm, fresh piece of Cheddar Herb Irish Soda Bread. This recipe is an excellent addition to any table, whether enjoyed on its own or served alongside your favorite meal. The blend of herbs and cheddar cheese make for a unique twist on traditional Irish soda bread.

As I have outlined in this article, this recipe is straightforward and simple to make with just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, there are plenty of variations and substitutions for you to experiment with to make it uniquely yours.

Don’t underestimate the value of freshly baked bread in bringing loved ones together at the dining table. So go ahead, grab your apron and give this recipe a try. Your taste buds (and stomach) will thank you!

Herb Irish Soda Bread

Herb Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I've tried bakery and grocery store Soda bread and found it Dry and flavorless. I was watching Cooking live and saw this made with a few different ingredients. I didn't have buttermilk. I used rosemary and parsley for my spices--you can choose your own.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Easy, European, Grains, Quick Breads, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Calories 372.4kcal


  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • milk
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons spices
  • 2 teaspoons spices
  • flour (for kneading)


  • Preheat oven to 450°F degrees.
  • Put vinegar in 2 cup measuring cup and add enough milk to make 14 oz; set aside for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients.
  • Add liquid and mix together slowly by hand until dough forms.
  • Turn onto floured surface.
  • Gently knead dough to form an 8-inch circle (this should only take about two minutes) dough should be soft and about 2-3 inches thick.
  • Place in a baking pan (your option).
  • Cut a cross pattern in dough+ (it should go at least halfway into and be entire length and width).
  • Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven to 400°F and bake 15-20 minutes longer.
  • Remove from oven when golden brown.


Serving: 80g | Calories: 372.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 77.5g | Protein: 10.5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1232.3mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 0.3g

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