Wholemeal Cheddar and Apple Chutney Soda Bread with Cider

Irish, quick, easy, cheese, simple, tasty, loaf

Finding myself with half a can of spare cider on Sunday morning (the other half had gone in the slow cooker) I didn’t want to waste it and drinking it wasn’t an option so I immediately thought of Soda Bread. In the past I’ve made a large Apple & Pear Cider Soda Bread with a whole can of cider so knew this loaf had to be a small one. I also realised we didn’t have any bread for lunch so a savoury loaf was what was required. Having a look in my fridge for inspiration I saw Cheddar cheese and a jar of Apple & Walnut Chutney which was proving very popular so I knew these 2 flavours were a great match!

Irish, quick, easy, cheese, simple, tasty, loaf

I wasn’t wrong and the smell of the loaf when it came out of the oven was just divine. The sweetness of the cider and chutney perfectly complimented the mature Cheddar! I’ve tried making soda bread with beer before but didn’t like the flavour it gave, equally my family isn’t keen on buttermilk so I don’t use that either.

Irish, quick, easy, cheese, simple, tasty, loaf

From a bowl of ingredients to this in 1 minute!

I made Cheddar and ham salad sandwiches for lunch which tasted out of this world. So the next time you run out of bread, don’t jump in the car because with soda bread you have a really quick solution to your bread needs. If, unlike me you have a whole can of cider, why not make 2 loaves and freeze one or bake one large one for about 40 minutes! It’s so simple, satisfying and tasty there really is no excuse not to make this loaf – so go on, what are you waiting for?

For more Soda Bread inspiration why not check out:

Kavey Eats’ Malted Spelt Soda Bread

My Emmental Soda Bread


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Wholemeal Cheddar and Apple Chutney Soda Bread with Cider
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A nutty, cheesy wholemeal soda bread with a sweet apple chutney and cider kick to it - delicious:-)
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 5-6
  • 250g Strong wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 100g Extra mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 rounded tbsp Apple Chutney (I used Apple & Walnut)
  • 200mls Cider
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190⁰C.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with a sprinkling of flour.
  3. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
  4. Then add the grated Cheddar and chutney.
  5. Add the cider and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  6. Now put your hands in (oiling them helps immensely) and bring the dough together quickly by kneading into a ball, adding a little extra flour if necessary. Don’t overwork the dough, speed is of the essence!
  7. Place the dough ball on the floured baking sheet and flatten a little, dust with flour and then mark a cross into it with a sharp knife.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when knocked on the base.

I am linking up my soda bread to a few events! Firstly the No Waste Food Challenge hosted this month by Anne’s Kitchen and run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary as I used up my spare cider which otherwise would have gone to waste! Next I’m entering Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and is this month being hosted by Maison Cupcake. Eat Your Veg is hosting this month’s Four Seasons Food and run alternately with Delicieux where the them is Al Fresco, I think my soda bread would be perfect for a picnic so am entering this event too!

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  1. Lisa Williams

    its things like this that I look at and see how creative you are I never in a million years would of thought of anything but to drink the leftover cider haha this looks so tasty … I wish my brain could think up things like this 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah thanks Lisa:-)

  2. Martina Evans

    Fab recipe, I’ll definitely be making this!

  3. Heather

    Love this – it’s such a nice spin on soda bread! YUM

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather:-)

  4. justine @ Full Belly SIsters

    Mmm, i LOVE fresh bread and this loaf looks amazing! Love all the different flavors you worked into it.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Justine;-)

  5. Katerina

    What a great looking bread! Nothing beats up the smell of baking bread!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Katerina, you’re so right:-)

  6. Chicago Jogger

    This bread looks delicious and perfect for fall! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  7. Loriann Cargill Bustos

    I love cooking with cider and this soda is right up my alley! Delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Loriann:-)

  8. Maya Russell

    Great recipe that’s so quick. Must try it.

  9. Geoffrey Clark

    tasty looking bread, mmm…

  10. Jill Cope

    This is amazing and so easy to make. I used up some apple and guava cider I had left and it had an amazing flavour!!!!

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, thank you for the lovely feedback:-)

  11. Jane Middleton

    love wholemeal bread, this must be so tasty

  12. William Gould

    I love trying different breads, especially the Mediterranean ones. Must try the soda breads sometime….

    1. Camilla

      It’s so quick and easy, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  13. Katie Corr

    This looks fab! perfect for my seasonal soups this winter! thanks.X

  14. Ann Robinson

    I really like the sound of this, it would go great with some cheese, apples and a glass of cider !

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, you’re so right:-)

  15. Elizabeth

    Love, love, love the sound of this! Thanks for sharing with the no waste food challenge 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it was very, very tasty:-)

  16. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Thanks for adding this heaty loaf of bread to Credit Crunch Munch this month.

    The round up is now published at http://maisoncupcake.com/24-thrifty-summer-recipe-ideas/ and next month’s event is being hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah and for being a great host:-)

  17. Fuss Free Helen

    I’d have put it in the fridge and drunk it later!

    1. Camilla

      I didn’t fancy flat cider as it was quite early in the morning otherwise I would have had it with lunch:-)

  18. Angela McDonald

    This sounds absolutely Amazing! I’ve always been tempted to try my hand at bread-making but haven’t yet taken on the challenge.. this sounds so tempting though! 😀 x

  19. Anne

    Thank you so much for entering this month’s No Waste Food Challenge Camilla – your soda bread looks delicious, I have not made it in years so its great to have a tasty reminder!

    Anne’s Kitchen

    1. Camilla

      A pleasure Anne, soda bread is so easy peasy:-)

  20. Galina V

    Glorious bread! I imagine it was very tasty.

  21. Herbert Appleby

    wow… wondering if this is possible in my bread maker… mmm must try

    1. Camilla

      I would say no as you don’t want to knead this or over handle it. It takes a minute or less to stir together and then straight in the oven for 30 minutes so there really is no need for a bread maker. The gases from the raising agents are realised pretty quickly so that’s why you can’t hang about with the dough.

  22. handbar

    I am not very adventurous with food but love bread. This looks so appetizing I will have to try to make it soon.

    1. Camilla

      Oh do, Soda Bread is so easy and rewarding:-)

  23. Geoff Clark

    Looks very tasty, not sure if I will ever have a spare half can of cider for this

    1. Camilla

      As I said, make 2 loaves and freeze one:-) Or drink the other half if it’s not first thing in the morning which was my problem:-)

  24. michael boothby

    very nice

  25. Heather Haigh

    What fabulous sounding bread.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it’s very good:-)

  26. June Etherington

    Wow I have to try this one.

  27. michelle bennett

    My soda bread never comes out like that lol I shall follow your recipe 😀

    1. Camilla

      Do let me know how you get on:-)

  28. Paul Wilson

    Do you have an Apple Chutney recipe to go with it?

    1. Camilla

      Sadly no, I used Waitrose Apple & Walnut which is really good:-)

  29. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Now that is what I call bread Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Bintu – it was fab:-)

  30. Janine

    I had no idea soda bread was so easy to make! This bread looks and sounds divine. Thanks for sharing it!

  31. Ursula Hunt

    lovely with a ploughman’s lunch

  32. Paul Wilson

    This looks great, have to give it a go.

  33. Janice

    That looks really tasty Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, it just worked so well – a keeper:-)

  34. Sally - My Custard Pie

    You’ve made me consider all sorts of possibilities of ingredients to add to soda bread. Lovely loaf.

    1. Camilla

      Glad to have inspired:-)

  35. Jane McColl

    This sounds delicious, will be making this on friday.

  36. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    This looks and sounds delicious – I’m always on the lookout for new bread recipes, so I’ll be trying this one out soon (have pinned it).

    1. Camilla

      Fab, do let me know how you get on:-)

  37. Caroline Taylor

    I love how quick it is to make soda bread, love the sound of the cheddar and chutney too. I can imagine how good it smelled when you took it out of the oven too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Caroline, its so much gain for so little effort – a mini miracle:-)

  38. bev

    Oh, my dream meal!

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