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garlic and parmesan soda bread with the end of the loaf cut off

Savoury Garlic and Parmesan Soda Bread

Author: Becky
I love freshly baked bread, but when you're in a hurry who has time to wait for the dough to rise. Say hello to this cheese soda bread, no rise time needed. Just mix the ingredients and bake! Perfect!
Whilst plain soda bread is delicious as it is. I wanted to compliment the Italian meal I served it with. This aromatic loaf is flavoured with garlic, parmesan and parsley.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, starter
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4
Calories 336 kcal


  • 125 g Plain White Flour
  • 125 g Plain Wholemeal Flour
  • 0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 0.25 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 30 g Butter
  • 200 ml Buttermilk
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 30 g Parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Mix both flours together in a bowl.
  • Add the salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix through.
  • Rub the butter through the flour mix until fully combined.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix through. The dough is quite sticky at this point, that’s ok.
  • Crush the garlic and place in the bowl.
  • Chop the parsley and add.
  • Grate the cheese and combine everything with the dough until it’s mixture through. It’s easiest to use your hands for this part.
  • Once your dough is ready, shape it into a ball and place on a baking tray with some non stick baking paper. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross about two thirds of the way through and dust with flour, the cuts into the dough help it to cook through.
  • Place in the oven for 25-30 mins until golden brown. A good test to see if your loaf is ready is to take it out of the oven and knock on the bottom with your fingers. If it’s cooked, it will sound hollow.

Recipe Notes and Guidance

See Recipe Post for More Details.
  • Cutting a cross on top allows the heat to penetrate the loaf more efficiently. 
  • If you do not have buttermilk, you can make your own with milk and lemon juice, see details in the post on how to do this. 
  • Soda Bread can be frozen once baked.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 12gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 458mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 416IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 3mg
Keyword irish soda bread, quick bread, savoury soda bread
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