This is a variation of my classic Irish Soda Bread, a little jazzier and possibly it’s slightly posher brother! It’s ideal if you want something different for a dinner party or to impress a member of the opposite sex with your culinary skills during an intimate little soiree…
It’s also good to just make and eat yourself!
- 260 gm Strong White Flour
- 80 gm Strong Wholemeal Flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 290 ml Buttermilk
- 125 gms of fresh Parmesan, finely grated.
- 1/2 tsp English Mustard powder
- 5 or 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Preheat your oven to 200C (400F/Gas Mark 6).
- Mix the flours, bicarbonate of soda, salt and mustard powder together in a bowl.
- Sprinkle in the cheese and mix, sometimes I find doing this a bit at a time help to ensure the cheese is evenly distributed.
- Make a well in the ingredients, pour in the buttermilk and combine to make a dough.
- Pop the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently kneed for a few minutes, then make a round shape.
- Carefully lift the dough and put on to a lightly floured oven sheet. Cut the recognisable cross onto the top, decorate with the rosemary sprigs and pop it in the oven.
- After 30 mins, when the beard is golden, test to check if it’s cooked by tapping the base. It should sound hollow.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Once it’s cool cut into thick slices, add butter or spread and dunk into a rich and hearty home-made tomato soup.
I’ve used Cheddar instead of Parmesan before, however I needed to use a food processor to break the cheese up and distribute it thru the dry ingredients.