Cheesy Irish Soda Bread + Fresh Thyme and Rosemary. A cheesy twist on the classic Irish tradition - the perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

Cheesy Irish Soda Bread + Fresh Thyme and Rosemary

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


The perfect recipe for St. Patrick’s Day! Serve as an appetizer with butter or dip in your favorite Irish stew!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for kneading)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • (extra salt and some oats to sprinkle on top)


  1. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, thyme and rosemary.
  2. Mix well.
  3. In smaller mixing bowl, add egg and beat slightly.
  4. In the egg bowl, add butter milk and honey.
  5. Whisk until well mixed.
  6. Add cheese to flour bowl and mix well.
  7. Then add buttermilk/egg mixture to the flour bowl and mix with a spoon until a dough starts to form.
  8. Ensure you have about 1/2 cup of extra flour in a small bowl next to you – sprinkle some over the dough if it already looks fairly moist.
  9. Then, taking some additional flour your hands, start kneading the dough.
  10. *It is going to be very sticky – just keep kneading and adding flour as needed until the dough starts to dry up and form a ball.
  11. After several minutes of kneading, you will be able to form a ball.
  12. Place dough on a baking sheet that is sprayed with non-stick.
  13. Then take a serrated knife and cut an X in the middle of the ball.
  14. Sprinkle some salt, oats and even a little extra cheese on top.
  15. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.