Bacon, Cheddar, & Chive Soda Bread

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Week 3 of the Great British Bake Off was bread week. I think that was a good few weeks ago at this point but hey, here I am. I’m baking along with the show even if I’m lagging behind a bit. For the bread week, I opted for the soda bread and decided to use a simple recipe that I could then add lots of other yummy things to. Bacon, cheddar, and chive seemed like a good idea. In reality: it was a great idea!!

I mean, seriously. Look at this bread:

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It’s as magical as it looks and you should probably make it ASAP.

Bread is one of those things that I absolutely love baking, and I’m so thankful once I’ve done it, but I rarely actually do it. So, I’ve made a goal to bake a loaf of bread every week through the end of the year. We’ll see how that goes.

This bread is really easy to make which I’m a big fan of.

The dry ingredients are sifted together before the bacon, cheddar, chives, and buttermilk are mixed in.

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Once kneaded together, the dough is formed into a loaf and baked for 25 minutes to perfection.

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It turns a nice golden brown and when cut open reveals beautiful pockets of melted cheese, bacon, and chives.

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Happy bread baking!!


Bacon, Cheddar, & Chive Soda Bread

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar, cut into small cubes
  • 45 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chives, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, plus a few tablespoons extra if needed


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stir in the cheddar, bacon, and chives into the flour mixture and stir well to combine.
  4. Add in the buttermilk and stir until thoroughly mixed together.
  5. On a floured surface, knead for 2 minutes. If the dough is overly dry and wont hold together, add in more buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to knead for a minute.
  6. Form the dough into a round loaf and place on the baking sheet. Cut a large X into the top of the loaf going about 2/3 of an inch deep.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on the outside and full cooked on the inside (test doneness by sticking a fork or toothpick into the center of the loaf).
  8. ENJOY!!!


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9 comments on “Bacon, Cheddar, & Chive Soda Bread”

  1. I have this in the oven, but i had some struggles making it. Filling ended up so runny that i have been baking it now over 1 hour and now it finally starts to firm up. But i also tried to make a smaller but higher cake. Well se how it works.

  2. Ups, i ment to post that comment on the pumpkin cheesecake. :D

    • oh! haha. That makes more sense. I was trying to figure out how it ended up runny

    • for the cheesecake– it will be quite runny and might even seem like it’s not quite down but it will firm up a lot in the cooling process. I think my oven cooks a bit hotter than the average oven so it’s understandable if it takes a bit longer. As long as its not still totally runny, it’s probably done and will really firm up once cooled especially after being in the fridge

  3. no pueden decir q la cadena estadounidense nos esta ocultando algo porke en todos los paises hay restaurantes macDonald’s y mucÃ#eeos&±8230;yo si creo en todo esto porke es igual de lo q dicen de las brujas dicen q no existen pero de q las hay las hay!!…

  4. I love your recipes. It is easy to make and delicious too. Can you please suggest a vegetarian substitute for bacon in this recipe. Thank you!