By Vida Gustafson

Contributing Writer

This quick bread fills the house with a delicious aroma while baking and comes together in under an hour. It is the perfect accompaniment to hearty soups and stews. The recipe makes two small loaves, so it’s ideal for sharing. 


  • 4 C flour
  • 6 tbsp butter (cold, cubed)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 C chopped scallions
  • 1 ½ C buttermilk
  • 1 egg


Preheat oven to 400 °F. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt, rubbing the butter into the flour with your fingertips. Mix in the cheese and green onions. Whisk the egg into the buttermilk and pour into the flour mixture. Mix by hand until combined. Cut in half and form into two balls, flatten to approximately 2 inches high and place side by side on a parchment lined baking sheet. Score the top with a sharp knife to form a cross or x shape, to help steam escape uniformly.

Bake for 35 minutes.