Served warm with a swipe of butter, this is a delicious spin on the classic.


  • 3 Rashers dry-cured bacon, finely chopped 
  • 225g self-raising flour 
  • 100g strong cheese, grated 
  • 40g butter
  • 100ml buttermilk 


  1. Preheat the oven to 190*C / 375*F / Gas Mark 5.
  2. Lightly Grease a baking tray. 
  3. Fry the bacon on a dry, hot pan. 
  4. Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the grated cheese and bacon. 
  5. Melt the butter and add to the buttermilk. Pour into the flour mix and form a dough by gently mixing. Turn out onto a floured surface and gently shape into a round.
  6. Cut a cross on top of the bread and transfer it to the greased baking tray.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing and serve with real Irish butter.