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Emma's idiot-proof insanely cheesy, herby soda bread

By lovinmanchester

December 20, 2016 at 12:18am


  • 450g plain/cream white flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bread soda
  • 400ml buttermilk
  • 100g grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or rosemary)

Last we heard from Emma she was whipping up some mega cheesy 10 minute Italian eggs, this week she's back again with something equally as cheesy and tasty. Emma's guaranteed a taste explosion with this one, given that she's rarely gotten the bread from the oven to the plate without gorging into at least half of it by herself. Get it while it's hot, this one's sure to impress. And, as always, we promise you won't burst a vein trying to make it; it's super simple.


Step 1

Just six pretty basic ingredients involved

Just Six Ingredients For This Delicious Bread

Step 2

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl (make sure bread soda and flour are stirred in together well)

Mix All Dry Ingredients In Bowl

Step 3

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, and pour in all the buttermilk.

Make A Well In The Middle And Pour In The Buttermilk

Step 4

Mix together with your hands until just combined (don’t be tempted to overwork the dough or it will be tough).

Mix Together Until Just Combined

Step 5

Pop out onto a floured surface and shape it into a round (don’t knead it, you just want to pat it into a circular shape around the edges).

On A Floured Surface Shape Into A Round

Step 6

Cut a deep cross into the middle of the bread. Put it onto a floured baking tray and into an oven pre-heated to 220C for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 200C and let it cook for a further 30 minutes. That’s it!

Cut A Deep Cross In The Middle

Step 7

Hot from the oven…. Let it cool on a wire tray so the base doesn’t go soggy.

Hot From The Oven

Step 8

Enjoy this hot and buttered. This would be also amazing toasted with melty cheese on top, or to pimp out your sandwiches for lunch.

Enjoy Hot And Buttered

So, you're having the other half's rents over for afternoon tea? This will seal the deal of approval. Or you could just say f*ck them and eat it all yourselves.


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