January 20, 2017 andrewmangan

Recipe: Chilli, cheese and bacon soda bread

So I made this thing and put it on Instagram and then people asked for the recipe. So, here it is.

I should point out I don’t really measure stuff out, I just go by how much is in the bowl etc, but I’ve added approximate amounts. You’ll figure it out.


  • Plain flour – 400g
  • Baking soda – 1.5 teaspoon
  • Salt – 2 teaspoons
  • Bacon bits – some
  • Cheddar cheese – 100g
  • Hot red chilli – 1
  • Buttermilk – 200ml or maybe more or maybe less, I don’t really know


  • Pre-heat oven to 180C
  • Lash all the flour in a bowl. Add the baking soda and salt. Mix it like Sir Mixalot.
  • Fry up the bacon bits
  • Chop up the cheese into 1/2cm chunks
  • Chop up the chilli real fine like
  • Add cheese, bacon and chilli to the dry mix
  • Add the buttermilk until it all comes together without being too wet
  • Turn it out onto a floured surface
  • Make a kind of roundy-shaped, but slightly flat ball, you don’t need to knead it. Just shape it.
  • Place it on a baking tray with baking paper or a pizza stone if you have one
  • Score a 1/2 inch deep cross into the top of it
  • Add some thinly sliced cheddar (if you like) to the top of the dough
  • Place in oven, bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove, cool on a wire rack.
  • Eat

You should get something that ends up looking like below – and it’s delicious. Thank me later.

Recipe: Chilli, cheese and bacon soda bread

Recipe: Chilli, cheese and bacon soda bread

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