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Jan 1, 2020 2 min read

Herby cheese and onion push together bread

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I remember this from growing up, but didn’t know where it came from. A bit of googling suggests it was probably from Nigella Christmas. The original recipe calls for snipped sage leaves. I replaced those with a couple of heaped teaspoons of dried mixed herbs I had in.

You will need

  • A large onion, roughly chopped (about 350g)
  • An equal weight of self-raising flour
  • 100g of strong cheddar (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard powder
  • An egg
  • Enough milk to bind to a soft dough (about 100ml or so)
  • A couple of teaspoons of olive oil


  • Stick the oven on 180 oC
  • Fry the onion in the oil under soft and golden with the odd bit that’s caught. Ideally leave to cool
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the onion with dry ingredients
  • Add the eg and some of the milk, mix until it all comes together. You will probably need more of the milk. try not to work it too much.
  • Form the dough into a ball and drop it onto a baking tray
  • Push a knife almost all the way though to divide it into 8 with deep slashes
  • If you’ve spare milk, brush the outside with it. I also pushed a couple of spare olives into the top.
  • Bake for roughly 40 minutes.


Crunchy on the outside, soft inside, much like an armadillo. Best eaten warm, but not straight from the oven.

Dough Fresh from the oven GET IN MY FACE