Cheddar Bacon Soda Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar, cut into 1/4" cubes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, sprinkle a small amount of flour onto the sheet where you will be placing the bread.

Step 3: Cook the bacon over medium heat in a saute pan until crispy on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.

Step 4: Cool, chop, and reserve the bacon.

Step 5: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, black pepper, and sugar; whisk together until combined.

Step 6: Add to the dry mixture the Cheddar, bacon, and green onions.  Mix.

Step 7: Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture, mixing until combined.

Step 8: Knead for 1-2 minutes, until the dough is hydrated and holds together.

Step 9: Form dough into a round loaf and transfer to the floured parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Step 10: Cut a cross into the top of the dough, about 1/2 inch deep and 2-inches long.

Step 11: Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the soda bread is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom of the loaf.  If you have an instant-read thermometer, test the center of the bread for doneness, it’s ready between 190-200 degrees F.  Serve warm!

Enjoy this delicious soda bread from Jessica Gavin!