St Patricks Day is coming up and you know what that means…. Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread!!
Yes I know traditional Irish Soda Bread is either plain or made with raisins – that’s the way I grew up eating it as I am like 4% Irish. But today we’re taking it for a savory spin and making a savory version. Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread for everyone!! And just imagine all that flavor when you crack into it and then slather it with a little oil or butter. GAME OVER!
Here’s the deal – traditionally, Irish Soda Bread is made with buttermilk!! But like we learned a few weeks ago, you can easily sub Stonyfield Yogurt (either Greek or regular) for buttermilk (or heavy cream for that matter)! I don’t know about you, but even as a professional recipe developer, I almost never have buttermilk on hand. But Stonyfield Yogurt – it’s a given there are at least 2 quarts in my fridge at all times!
A few things to keep in mind when it comes to yogurt substitutions – it’s a 1:1 substitution which makes all our lives infinitely easier:
- 1 cup of butter to 1 cup of Stonyfield Yogurt (either Greek or regular)
- 1 cup of sour cream to 1 cup of Stonyfield Yogurt (either Greek or regular)
- 1 cup of oil to 1 cup of Stonyfield Yogurt (either Greek or regular)
- 1 cup of heavy cream / buttermilk to 1 cup of Stonyfield Yogurt (either Greek or regular)
- 1 cup of mayo to 1 cup of Stonyfield Yogurt (either Greek or regular)
If you missed my love letter to Stonyfield last time, get ready because I am obsessed with them. Their co-founder Gary is an incredible human! We spent a weekend in Napa together with a few other food influencers a few years ago learning all about the brand and I’ve never met someone who is so committed to the mission of getting as many things to be organic as possible and sustainable / organic farming. Side note; if you still haven’t watched Kiss the Ground on Netflix, you should! It’ll open your eyes to the sustainable farming world and how important it is!! We just changed some of our landscaping plans to be able to accommodate more organic raised beds so we can do a little bit in helping make the earth a little healthier!
Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread
- 1/2 pound all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1/2 pound whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups full fat Stonyfield yogurt
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, cut into small 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/2 cup chopped chives
- splash of milk if needed
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
- Combine both flours in a large bowl. Add baking soda and salt and stir to combine. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the yogurt, cheese and chives mixing everything in gently with the spoon until the dough starts coming together.
- Turn the dough out onto the kitchen counter dusted with a little bit of flour and gently start bringing it all together to form a round loaf. You can always use a bit more flour if your dough gets really sticky or a tiny splash of milk if it's a bit dry
- Put your loaf on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cut a large deep cross in the middle of the loaf. Dust the loaf with a few teaspoons of flour and transfer to the oven to bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and sounds hollow when you give it a little tap underneath.
- Remove, let cool and serve with room temperature butter and a sprinkle of maldon sea salt
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson