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Gubbeen, Cheddar & Thyme Soda Bread

March 23

Add a little extra flour if you find the dough is too wet and sticky. Using a mature cheddar here makes the loaf even more flavoursome.

  • serves Serves
  • time 1 hour


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 5.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, add the flours, baking soda and seaweed. Mix together and make a well in the centre.
  3. 3. In a large jug, add the buttermilk and the egg, giving a gentle whisk. Pour the mix into the well within the large bowl.
  4. 4. Add in the cheeses, leaving some of the cheddar for later, and most of the thyme. Combine the mix with a wooden spoon until you have a rough dough.
  5. 5. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured chopping board and gently knead.
  6. 6. Add the dough to a loaf tin and brush lightly with any leftover buttermilk/egg mix you have. Add in the remaining thyme sprigs and cheese over the top of the loaf.
  7. 7. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing and enjoying with a little butter or an extra slice of Gubbeen cheese!

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375g plain flour

100g wholemeal flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp of Dillisk seaweed, ground

350ml buttermilk

1 large free-range egg

200g Irish mature cheddar, grated

200g Gubbeen cheese, chopped

1 tbsp fresh thyme, in short sprigs

You'll Need

Loaf tin