Recipe For Leek And Cheese Soda Bread

I could collapse right now from pure exhaustion. As I type this (21st September) it has been a week since I slept well. On the Sunday night that we were in Oban I did not get a very good night’s sleep. I think this has to do with a combination of factors. The first being the amount of light that came into the room from the hotel passage lights and the second being the fact that it was the last night of our holiday. Then on the Tuesday night we flew from Paris to Johannesburg. That flight leaves at 23h30 so by the time you have had dinner it is early morning. I took a sleeping tablet and slept, but economy class seats do not make for comfortable sleeping. I must admit to only waking up at 8am which was great. Dave and I decided that on our first night home we would not set the alarm and so Wednesday night we went to bed early – about 9pm, and woke up at 6am! So much for sleeping in. Then life went back to normality and Thursday night we were in bed at 10pm and up at 5h45. Friday night we went out with friends for dinner and we got home and watched the very end of the first match of the Rugby World Cup. Saturday we were up bright and early and headed for the farmer’s market. I came home, and using leeks that I had bought, made this leek and cheese soda bread. I divided the dough in half, placed one lot into the fridge, and the other was baked to take with us to friends. We went over to watch the South Africans lose to Japan and that necessitated a few glasses bottles of wine. We ate late, commiserated and spoke of anything but the game. Sunday we slept in but, as our area was zoned for electrical maintenance I could not do any of my blog baking. Instead we went to friends for an afternoon braai. We then had a visitor and after he left I put the second loaf into the oven to bake. I only took it out of the fridge when I turned the oven on, and I was really surprised at how well it turned out. Dave and I had the bread with sweet potato soup for dinner, and stayed up very late watching Vettel win the Singapore Formula 1 race. Now it is Monday morning and I am counting the minutes down to my third cup of coffee, and a slice of my soda bread.

Leek And Cheese Soda Bread
Leek And Cheese Soda Bread

5.0 from 4 reviews
Leek And Cheese Soda Bread
 
This is an extremely tasty soda bread that will go great with any meal
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Result: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 500g bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 12g fine salt
  • 300mls buttermilk
  • 75g soft butter
  • 20g baking powder
  • 1 large leek, white part only, finely chopped
  • 75g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 220° Celsius
  2. Line a baking tray
  3. Place the flour, salt, buttermilk, butter and baking powder into a stand mixer bowl
  4. Use a flat beater and mix on a medium speed for 2 minutes
  5. Add the leeks and the cheese and mix until incorporated
  6. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and divide in 2
  7. Roll each piece into a ball
  8. Flatten to 5cm thick
  9. Cut a deep cross into the dough and dust with flour
  10. Place onto the baking tray
  11. Bake for 40 minutes, turning the bread over for the last 10 minutes
  12. Turn onto a wire rack to cool and serve warm
My Notes
You can freeze buttermilk - defrost in the fridge overnight.
I used my pizza stone instead of a baking tray.
You can mix the dough by hand for 5 minutes if you don't have a stand mixer.
You can place half into the fridge and bake when needed

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The Inside Of My Leek And Cheese Soda Bread
The Inside Of My Leek And Cheese Soda Bread

Blog-checking lines:  For the month of September Meredith from the Poco Loco Olsons challenged us to experiment with soda bread.

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38 thoughts on “Recipe For Leek And Cheese Soda Bread

  1. oh, Tandy. Turn it off and get some rest. I find that both coffee and wine interfere with my rest. Take a walk. No screen time and yes oh yes enjoy that bread.

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    1. The screen time is always a no no for me at home. I must do more walking though 🙂

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  2. Soda bread is so useful – I grew up on a farm and from time to time we ran out of things like bread and soda bread was always my mother’s quick fix – but just plain not as exotic as yours – Tandy:-)
    Rachel (Rachel’s Kitchen NZ) sharing the blog ♥ Slow-cooked Leeks & Fennel with Spinach & FishMy Profile

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    1. Plain is also good and so amazing to be able to make this in a push 🙂

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  3. Oh Tandy shut down your computer and get some sleep…my friend. One cannot live on coffee alone you need to soak up all the corrosive caffeine with some of this delicious leek and cheese soda bread for sure. I always crave carbs when I am exhausted too. Take care of yourself and don’t get run down…

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    1. Thanks, the computer is never on at home!

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  4. I love the flavors you’ve added to this soda bread recipe – I bet it was delicious!
    Amy (Savory Moments) sharing the blog ♥ White cheddar cauliflower gratinMy Profile

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    1. It was indeed 🙂

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  5. Oh Tandy this looks delicious!
    Do you know I have never made a soda bread… it may be time to correct that now.
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways
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    1. Thanks for the visit Julie 🙂

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  6. Oh love the flavors in the gorgeous soda bread, thumbs up for aged cheddar. hope you get well rested soon, I know all about bad nights in general. OK had to google ‘braai’ 🙂

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    1. I think I need a holiday from my holiday 🙂

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  7. I hope you get a good night of sleep soon Tandy. It is one of the hardest things to deal with with travelling isn’t it? This soda bread sounds like it has a fabulous flavour to it! 😀
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    1. We have had a few nights of good sleep, thanks Lorraine 🙂

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  8. Love soda bread! This looks delicious. Leeks and cheese make a great flavour combo! 😀

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    1. Thanks Jess 🙂

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  9. Wow! ypou must be tired, I am getting worn out reading about all you did, how fun!! Love this bread, looks delicious!
    cheri sharing the blog ♥ Cottage Cooking Club Month of SeptemberMy Profile

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    1. I got tired again reading the post 😉

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  10. I’ve always heard good things about soda bread, but never tasted it. Sounds delicious!

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    1. It is my go to bread when I don’t have time 🙂

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  11. Oh Tandy – so sorry you haven’t been getting much sleep – but inspite of it, you came up with this glorious loaf! Love the leeks in it!

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    1. Thanks Shashi 🙂

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  12. I would’ve never thought o pair leeks with cheesem let alone inside a bread. But I am totally loving the way this looks. And I bet it’s delish. Very nice.

    Kia / KTS
    http://www.houseofkts.com

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    1. It was very delish, thanks Kia 🙂

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  13. What an incredible looking cheese soda bread. Fabulous share, Tandy.

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    1. Thanks Anu 🙂

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  14. I’ve never made soda bread before. I love that you added cheese and leeks to it.

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    1. It is a versatile recipe which I really like 🙂

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  15. Leeks are awesome! But I’ve never thought to incorporate them into a soda bread. Actually, it’s time I tried making soda bread ~ never done so before so I’m eager to try my hand at it. And not sleeping well is awful! It really screws up your life when you are not sleeping well. Sleep in the universal cure.

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    1. Hope you enjoy making the soda bread Laura 🙂

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  16. Wow – busy times! Commiserations re: SA v Japan. What a shocker! Anyway…. moving on…. this is a great simple recipe. No doubt excellent with soup.

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    1. It was a shocker!

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  17. I love soad bread and this looks great. I really need to experiment with adding things into a plain loaf. We have noticed how much darker the mornings are here in Spain compared to England (and I know the light in Scotland is intense!). Luckily we have shutters for the light nights and in England blackout curtains 🙂

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    1. We had excellent black out curtains in most of the places we stayed in. Something that is vital when the sun is still shining at bed time 🙂

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  18. What a beautiful soda bread.. and the leek and cheese combination sounds divine!

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    1. Thanks Thalia, and thanks for the visit 🙂

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  19. I love soda bread but I’ve never tried adding things like this to it, great idea.

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    1. Thanks, hope you try some additions soon 🙂

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