Courgette & cheddar soda bread

Courgette & cheddar soda bread

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Cuts into 12 slices
This simple loaf is easy to make but big on flavour and texture, with mature cheese, grated courgettes, oats and thyme

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal185
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.2g
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Ingredients

  • 400g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 medium courgettes
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 50g rolled oat
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 75g mature cheddar, grated
  • small bunch thyme, leaves only

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 284ml pot buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and dust a baking sheet with a little flour. Place a box grater on top of a clean tea towel and coarsely grate the courgettes. Lift the corners of the tea towel and, holding it over the sink, twist to compact the courgettes and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

  2. Put the flour, oats, bicarb and 1 tsp fine salt in a large bowl. Add most of the cheddar (save a little for the top), the thyme and the courgette. Mix the buttermilk and honey, then pour into the flour mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to clump together, then tip onto a work surface and knead briefly to bring all the loose bits together – try not to overwork the dough or the bread will be heavy.

  3. Shape into a round loaf and place on the baking sheet. Brush with egg and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Use a sharp knife to score a deep cross on top of the loaf, then bake for 40 mins until deep golden brown. Best served warm, but leftovers will keep for 1-2 days.

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Anthemys
30th Aug, 2016
5.05
The courgette and cheddar go so well together. I divided the dough in 2 and it wasn't soggy at all. The mixture is very sticky so quite hard to knead (I used plenty of flour to help).It cooked for about 30 minutes in total. This could become a BBQ staple or just a side dish with a salad and some cream cheese on top.
tushkar
25th Aug, 2016
I have made soda bread many times but this is the best one; especially good as it uses some of the glut of courgettes. I weighed the grated courgette after squeezing the liquid out and it was ~230g. The courgettes before weighed about 280g. I tried to squeeze as much liquid out as possible then asked my husband to do it and it was amazing how much more liquid came out. Also, I never bake one big loaf, I always divide the mixture into 2 or 4 otherwise it will be soggy in the middle. I check after 20 minutes and then check in 2 minute increments. Shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes.
Diamondbet
17th Sep, 2015
I have made this bread twice and it is delicious. The first time it was too moist, so the second time I cut down on the courgette. Perfect! Two medium courgette is a bit vague, how big is a medium courgette?
carefuldavid
4th Sep, 2015
5.05
My first attempt at any sort of bread. Delicious, but still a bit too moist in the middle even after an hour. Will try a slightly hotter oven and maybe a bit longer next time.
tushkar
25th Aug, 2016
Try dividing the mixture into 2 or 4. Should only take 20-30 minutes. See my post above.
anne_f_
28th Jul, 2015
5.05
I have never enjoyed making doughs but this, my first attempt at a soda bread, was very easy. A great recipe which turned out perfectly.
pipsie89
22nd Jun, 2015
5.05
Delicious flavour, perfect for picnics! However, a surprisingly wet dough and needed a little longer in the oven.
patlim
16th Jun, 2015
3.8
Yums! Warmed it up two days later and had it with cream cheese! Fab!!
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