Mark’s Cheesy White Soda Loaf

This simple white soda bread is so delicious and makes use of any leftover vegetables and cheese you might have in the fridge!


    • 500g plain white flour
    • 1 teasp. bread soda, sieved
    • 1 teasp. salt
    • 20ml olive oil
    • 400ml buttermilk (if you can’t get buttermilk, add yoghurt and lemon juice to milk) Optional Ingredients:
    • 50g mature Irish cheddar cheese, grated
    • 100g red Irish cheddar, cut into small chunks
    • 100g leftover roast vegetables (carrots, squash, red pepper, parsnip)
    • Handful of cooked spinach (or kale if you have it) 
    • 50g mixed nuts (or any nuts you have) – optional 
    • 1 tablesp. chilli powder – optional 


Mix the plain flour, bread soda and salt in a bowl.

Add the buttermilk and olive oil together, and pour into a well in the centre of the dry mix. Use your hands to bring the mix together, but don’t overmix, as the finished product will become dense.

Add any additional ingredients at this point, and mix until evenly distributed.

Place the mix on a floured surface and roughly shape into a circle, pat down the top of the dough. Cut 4 small lines across the top of the dough to create 8 wedge shapes, brush the wedge sections with a little extra buttermilk and sprinkle with chilli powder and salt, leave a gap where you cut the lines.

Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 30-35 minutes until the base sounds hollow to tap. Cool on a wire rack, then tear and share.