Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread

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St Patricks Day is coming up and you know what that means…. Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread!!  

Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread from (@whatsgabycookin)


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:

Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread from (@whatsgabycookin)

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Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.8 from 5 votes
The most delicious savory Cheddar and Chive Savory Irish Soda Bread just in time for St Patricks Day!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8 people


  • ½ pound all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ pound whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups full fat Stonyfield yogurt
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, cut into small ½ inch cubes
  • ½ 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


Try out these yogurt substitutions:

Nutrition Information

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I cut it in half and made scones. They were savory and a perfect partner for a hearty soup. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for St. Patrick's Day, and it was great! By far the best soda bread I've made. Great toasted with butter for breakfast this morning too.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this today and it looked & tasted amazing. The cubed cheddar just oozed out of it as it baked, what is not to love with that! I don't think I'll ever make traditional irish soda bread again!
    I made it with buttermilk as I had no plain yogurt on hand, and I am just wondering if the leftover bread should be refrigerated or can it be left out at room temperature?

  4. Hi when I looked online it says 1/2 lb of AP flour is 1.81 cups and then the WW is 3 1/3 cups is equal to 1lb

  5. 5 stars
    I am going to make this tomorrow. I don’t have a scale to weigh the flour, can you advise how many cups I should use?

  6. Hi Gaby!
    Recipe look great but I do not weigh my flour! How can I get this right if 1/2 lb is 1.89C???
    What is a good measurement in Cups please? Thank you!

  7. Can't wait to try tomorrow. 🙂

    Curious, given yogurt substitution ratios, could I use one cup yogurt and one cup buttermilk?

4.80 from 5 votes (1 rating without comment)

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