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Soda Bread is a type of quick bread made using flour, baking soda and buttermilk. It's denser than your typical loaf and gets the rise from the reaction between the baking soda and the acids in buttermilk, rather than using yeast. There are many variations on the recipe, but I have created one using some nutrient packed ingredients including wholemeal flour, walnuts, chia seed and oats.
Soda bread, pairs perfectly with most savory dishes and great with cheese too or on its own with a healthy spattering of butter or jam. It’s delicious.
As it is a quick bread and uses ingredients that are always on hand, you can throw together a delicious nutrient packed loaf in no time.
The bread can be stored at room temperature for two to three days as well.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, as this is one of my favourites. I learnt to make in Ireland when working in two renowned Restaurants, where soda bread was made every day.
- 400g wholemeal flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp bicarbonate soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbs pumpkin seeds
- 2tbs sun flour seeds
- 80g chopped walnuts
- 2tbs chia seeds
- 350 mls buttermilk
- 2 tbs olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 200C
2. Tip the flour, salt, all seeds and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, and olive oil mixing quickly with to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
5. Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
6. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.
* Option: Sprinkle loaf with rolled oats or seeds before baking