Absolutely delicious savory Seeded Asiago Rosemary Soda Bread, served with a chilli flake, garlic and lemon butter. A perfect side for your stews!
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes
When it comes to soda bread, I can go either way. I've done and enjoyed a sweet version, with this delicious Fig and Walnut Soda Bread with Honey Butter, so I thought a savoury soda bread with cheese was in order this year.
This Seeded Asiago Rosemary Soda Bread is absolutely delicious. It's perhaps my favourite soda bread to-date! The texture is so lovely and the cheese and rosemary flavours make it the perfect side for your hearty stews, especially an Irish stew that you might be considering for St. Patrick's Day.
And of course, this one just goes over the top with a spread of the delicious and easy chilli butter, which is a simple mixture of butter, chilli flakes, garlic and lemon juice, but creates the most wonderful combination of flavours with the bread.
Enjoy this one warm from the oven if you can. It comes together really quickly and doesn't take long in the oven, so it's easy to make as your stew cooks away.
This soda bread is best enjoyed when fresh and warm, though does keep well a couple of days at room temperature or freeze up to a month.
You can use any combination of seeds. I use sunflower, sesame, flax and poppy seeds (about 2 Tbsp of the sunflower and sesame and 1 Tbsp of the flax and poppy seed).
If you want to change it up a bit, you could use an aged white cheddar in place of the Asiago and/or some thyme leaves instead of the rosemary.
For a heartier loaf, you can replace up to 1 cup of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. This will create a loaf that is a little more dense, but with nice added flavour from the whole wheat.
I found my small, 6.5-inch Lodge cast iron skillet the perfect size for this bread. It's 8-inches across the top and 6.5 inches across the bottom. If you don't have that size skillet, a baking pan (such as an 8-inch round cake pan) will work fine as well.
Seeded Asiago and Rosemary Soda Bread with Chili Butter
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 5 Tbsp butter (cut into 10 pieces)
- 2 cups Asiago cheese (grated)
- 6 inch sprig fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (plus more for brushing)
- 1/3 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, flax, sesame, poppy seed etc.)
For Chili Butter:
- 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
- 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- For bread: Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a 6 1/2-inch bottom diameter cast iron skillet (or 7-8 inch round baking pan) and set aside.
- Prepare the seed mixture and set aside (I used 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, 1 Tbsp flaxseed and 1 Tbsp poppy seeds)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter pieces to the bowl and using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese and rosemary. Add enough buttermilk to the flour mixture to form a soft, sticky dough (I usually use all of the 1 1/2 cups). Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times, just until smooth. Shape dough into a 7-inch-ish round.
- Sprinkle some of the seed mixture onto the bottom of a greased skillet or baking pan. Place dough on top of seeds. Brush top of dough with more buttermilk, then scatter remaining seeds over the top and sides of dough. Dip a knife in flour, then cut an shallow X into the top of the dough.
- Bake bread in preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with chili butter.
- For Chili Butter: Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl.