Cheese and caramelised onion soda bread




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This bread makes a hearty accompaniment to a winter casserole.



For the cheese and caramelised onion soda bread

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 onion — diced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3½ cups flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup grated tasty cheese, plus extra for the top
  • 300ml buttermilk or 1 tablespoon lemon juice mixed into 300ml milk


For the cheese and caramelised onion soda bread

  • Heat the oil in a small pan over a low heat. Add the onion and cook until soft.
  • Add the vinegar and sugar and simmer for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan bake). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, garlic salt and salt in a large bowl.
  • Mix in the cheese and the cooled onion mixture.
  • Add the buttermilk and stir to make a dough.
  • Shape into a ball on the prepared tray and dust with a little extra flour.
  • Cut a deep cross in the centre of the dough and sprinkle with extra grated cheese.
  • Bake for 30–40 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack.