Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Rosemary and Sun Dried tomato Buckwheat soda bread #homemadebread #baking #buckwheat #aroma

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M.F.K. Fischer

Blimy, in a blink of an eye January just flew away and February is settling nicely in our life. Another month just gone like that, but for us it was remarkable. We all were excited as our daughter celebrated her 21st just a week ago and we ended January with so much excitement, fun and joy.


As I am completely excited to embark on another month to create few recipe posts and pen down some thoughts to bring you my experiences and memories here. I Love to explore new ingredients and churning out few recipes from them or sometimes to give a little twist to a classic recipe has become my habit nowadays.



Apart from birthday indulgence which we had on daughter's birthday, we all took our healthy eating very seriously. Actually we started a new year on a healthy note and we stuck to it. We really are appreciating simple and nutritious meals every day, including plenty of vegetables and superfood in our diet.  We have simply ditched the unhealthy cereals by having oats, buckwheat or quinoa porridge , green smoothies or protein packed home baked breads and today I am sharing  a recipe which is a delicious buckwheat soda bread for anyday anytime, which I created few weeks back.



Bread on it's own or toast put on a table for breakfast, used to appear almost everyday years ago, of course not white, I do not remember actually when we ate white bread last ? Always it has been wholemeal or multigrain and multi seeds loaves which have been our favourite. The more grains the merrier. Surprisingly we are consuming less and less bread day by day as now our focus mostly on protein packed breakfast or meals. I have enjoyed almost every variety of breads here, you name it, somehow I have been always fascinated by soda bread !


I was astonished when I came to know that soda bread can be made from scratch under an hour..No need for proving or kneading, just mix, shape and bake ! simple as that. We have baked and consumed plenty of soda bread in the past. I am very much surprised that till this date I did not bother  to post it on JCO, well, now it is the time !


Classic soda bread made with wholemeal flour, and that can be at the heart of the every meal or snack. Soda bread is hearty, rustic and filling, seriously you don't want to avoid the dark, dense wholesome kind, believe me soda bread is the world's easiest bread !




Now that I am exploring so many various and healthy kind of grains and flours in our diet, I was eager to experiment and evolve. Wanted to create few recipes that will enrich our health and one of the bread recipe came to my mind was Rosemary and Sun Dried Tomato Buckwheat Soda bread !

Buckwheat Soda Bread with Za'atar Mix and Argan oil 


Both Breads turned out awesome, not only once but I baked twice in just only 3 days. Firstly I baked plain bread with buckwheat flour, then I thought to spice it up a little with fresh herbs and spices. It can't be denied that plain flour gives you lighter result, but that's not what I am after. We loved nubbly texture, nutty flavours and nutritious loaves, they feel ridiculously good for me. Soda bread need only the minimum amount of handling and so kneading is unnecessary as it makes bread toughen, why bother dirtying your worktop for nothing, not much in the way of washing - up. Seriously, one cannot afford not to have a recipe for this soda bread in their life ?


You will need :-

  • 250 g buckwheat flour
  • 250 g wholemeal coarse flour + extra for dusting ( I used Elephant Wholemeal Chapatti flour )
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 420 ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 3-4 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped olives ( black and green )


Method :-
Pre heat the oven to gas mark 6 or 200C/400F.
Keep a baking tray with lightly dusted flour.
In a very large bowl mix together both flours, salt and soda.
Add rosemary, tomatoes, garlic, black pepper and chopped olives. ( Skip this step if you want to bake a plain bread )
Now add buttermilk and stir until you have soft sticky dough. 
Do not knead the dough.
Form this into round shape on lightly floured baking sheet, score the dough deep cross or make a pattern how you fancy.
Dust the bread with flour.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, keep checking until the crust is golden brown.
Another way to check if bread is done, the loaf sound hollow when tapped underneath. 
Leave it to cool on a wire rack and enjoy as soon as possible, as it does not keep very well.













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4 comments:

  1. I too feel that January went off in a jiffy. However we have Feb where I could see that you have prepared a masterpiece of a bread. Excellent preparation.
    Deepa

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    1. Thank you Deepa for a lovely comment. x

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  2. Thank you so much for adding the American oven temperature, this looks amazing I will make this. Just need to find a whole meal flour similar to what you used!

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    1. Thank you Arlena for visiting my blog. Regarding wholemeal flour, you can use wholemeal bread flour too. Hope this helps. Happy Baking !

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