Caramelised Shallot Soda Bread with Herby Butter
This easy soda bread with caramelised shallots is a delicious accompaniment with cheese or to dip into soup with a slab of herby butter on top!
Makes: 1 large loaf
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
For the bread:
6 shallots, finely sliced
1tbsp brown sugar
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
500g plain white flour
½ tsp salt
2tsp baking powder
60g cheddar cheese, grated
For the butter:
230g butter, at room temperature
Small bunch thyme, leaves picked
Small bunch parsley, finely chopped
What to do
Heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan. Melt the butter in a frying pan and gently cook the shallots, with the lid on for 10 minutes. Add the sugar and vinegar and turn up the heat. Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes so that the shallots caramelised. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder then stir in 50g of the cheese and the shallots.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk. Splay your fingers out like a big fork and mix gently but quickly to combine to a dough. To get the lightest bread, minimise the amount you handle the dough.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a circle. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet and pat down a little. Scatter with the remaining cheese and cut a large cross, deep into the dough and bake for 40-45 mins until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
For more recipes and ideas about how to use shallots, visit ukshallot.com