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.