This easy soda bread with caramelised shallots is a delicious accompaniment with cheese or to dip into soup with a slab of herby butter on top!
Perfect as a side or as a lunch box treat to spice up either your own or your children’s lunch.
Great for sharing too! If you can face it!
How many does it serve? 1 large loaf
What is the prep time? 25 mins
What is the cooking time? 40 mins
What you need:
For the bread:
- 20g butter
- 6 shallots, finely sliced
- 1tbsp brown sugar
- 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 500g plain white flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 2tsp baking powder
- 60g cheddar cheese, grated
- 400ml buttermilk
For the butter:
- 230g butter, at room temperature
- Small bunch thyme, leaves picked
- Small bunch parsley, finely chopped
What you do:
- Heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan. Melt the butter in a frying pan and gently cook the shallots, with the lid on for 10 minutes. Add the sugar and vinegar and turn up the heat. Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes so that the shallots caramelised. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder then stir in 50g of the cheese and the shallots.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk. Splay your fingers out like a big fork and mix gently but quickly to combine to a dough. To get the lightest bread, minimise the amount you handle the dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a circle. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet and pat down a little. Scatter with the remaining cheese and cut a large cross, deep into the dough and bake for 40-45 mins until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
Recipe provided to MyFamilyClub by BerryWorld