Garlic Chive Pesto Irish Soda Bread


Garlic Chive Pesto Irish soda bread
Cinnamon rolls? Nah. Who knew that soda bread could be rolled, filled, sliced and baked like this? Until recently, I didn't.
homemade Garlic Chive Pesto in a small jar

But soda bread makes the perfect foil for a number of fillings. On this particular day there were fresh, piquant garlic chives at the farmer's market begging to be bought. How could I resist? 

Garlic Chive Pesto 

1/2 cup walnuts 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese 
1 large bunch garlic chives 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
dash pepper 
olive oil  

Place the walnuts and cheese into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the cheese and walnuts are combined and have reached a small crumb size. Add the chives, salt, and pepper and process until combined. With the processor running, add olive oil in a thin stream until the pesto reaches the desired consistency—like a thick paste. Serve immediately or refrigerate. 

Garlic Chive Pesto Irish Soda Bread dough

Garlic Chive Pesto Soda Bread 

450 g flour 
1 scant teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
300 ml buttermilk 

Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C/Gas Mark 7. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the buttermilk. Using your hands, mix the dough until it's combined—the dough will be thick. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly into round. Roll the dough into a large rectangular shape, about 1/2" thick. Spread 3-4 large spoonfuls of chive pesto onto the dough to within about 1/2" of the sides. Beginning on one of the long sides, roll the dough into a cylinder shape. Cut 1/2" rounds and place into a round, greased baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush lightly with olive oil when still hot from the oven. 

Garlic Chive Pesto Irish Soda Bread rolls

These rolls make a wonderful accompaniment to a simple salad but wouldn't it be more fun to share them? Inject a little bit of Ireland at your next potluck and let me know how you like them! 

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