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Cheshire cheese, thyme & apple soda bread
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325g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp finely chopped lemon thyme
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
25g firm, slightly salted butter, cut into small pieces
125g Cheshire cheese, crumbled
2 x Waitrose 1 Best Of British Apples, cored and finely diced
284ml carton buttermilk
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Mix the flour, thyme, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips.
2. Add the cheese, apples and buttermilk and mix with a round bladed knife until it forms a soft, sticky dough. Tip out onto a floured surface and pat into a neat round ball. Transfer to the baking sheet and flatten until about 16cm in diameter. Flour the blade of a large knife and make a deep score through the centre of the dough, then across in the opposite direction.
3. Bake for about 40 minutes until risen, pale golden and firm to the touch. The bread should sound hollow when tapped on the base. Serve warm or cold.
This is delicious served with cold meats, salads, dips and pâté, or for a twist on a traditional sandwich.
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This recipe was first published in September 2019.
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