Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cheesy Soda Bread | Perfect for the lazy weather

I had tried Irish Soda bread long back and when I saw a cheesy version of soda bread at KingArthurFlour.com, that was all I needed to pull me out of lethargy thanks to the  lazy weather we are having in Bengaluru. I halved the recipe spiced it up a bit and there it was a perfect pick me up for the weather.

All Purpose Flour: 1.25 cups
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp

Cold Unsalted Butter: 2 tbsp

Sharp Cheddar grated: 3/4 cup
Chilli Flakes: 1/2 tsp

Butttermilk: 10 tbsp 
Egg: 1/2 (3/4 pkd tsp of energ + 2 tbsp of water)

In a big bowl, mix together flour,soda,baking powder and salt.Add cold cubed butter, working it into the flour until you get a crumbly mixture. 

Fold in grated cheese and chilli flakes.

Mix together butter milk and egg and add to the dry mix ,stirring until everything is moistened and you get a wet sticky mass.

Scoop the dough into a lightly greased /lined 8" square dish and spread it to the edges. 

Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for 40-45 minutes until the tester inserted into the centre  comes out clean.

Remove from oven, loosen the edges with a knife, after 5 minutes, turn the bread onto the rack and let it cool for atleast 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve hot if needed with tomato sauce/dip. 

I had it with as such and it was over more quickly than the time it took to bake. Texturewise it was slightly softer than the regular soda bread- almost like sandwich bread- due to the addition of cheese.


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