Caramelised shallot soda bread with herby butter

Caramelised shallot soda bread with herby butter
Serves: 6
  • For the bread:
  • 20g butter
  • 6 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 500g plain white flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 60g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 400ml buttermilk
  • For the butter:
  • 230g butter, room temp
  • small bunch thyme, leaves picked
  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped
  1. Heat oven to 200C/Gas 6.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan and gently cook shallots with the lid on for 10 mins.
  3. Add sugar and vinegar and turn up the heat.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally, so the shallots caramelise.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder and stir in 50g of the cheese and the shallots.
  7. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk.
  8. Mix gently but quickly to combine to a dough.
  9. Turn out onto a floured surface and pat into a circle.
  10. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet and pat down a little.
  11. Scatter with the remaining cheese, cut a large cross deep into the dough and bake for 40-45 mins until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  12. Beat the butter in a bowl until soft then beat in the herbs.
  13. Roll up in cling film and twist the ends to make it tight.
  14. Refrigerate and when ready to serve the bread, cut discs of butter to spread on the slices.


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