Leicestershire Stilton Soda Bread

Made by Rosie Clark, this was one of three Leicestershire Loaves that won her the Leicestershire Cook Off

275 g white or whole meal bread flour
250 g buttermilk, whole fat sour milk or a mixture of whole fat yoghurt and milk
1 t salt
1 t bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
2 tsp sugar
50 g stilton cheese

Preheat the oven to 230 celcius.

Pop all the ingredients in a big bowl and stir the, by hand, to ensure they are all mixed well.  Turn it out on the counter and give it a little, gentle knead – not too rough – and, with very wet hands, scoop it out and form it into a ball.  Place the ball on a baking tray that is lined with baking parchment and pat it down into a disc about 5 cm high.  With a wet knife, cut an X into the loaf, going 2/3 of the way to the bottom.

Bake for 10 minutes at 230 and then reduce the temperature to 200.  Bake for a further 15 minutes at 200.