Rosemary and Sun Dried tomato Buckwheat soda bread

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.

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 !

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.

Thank you for stopping by :)


  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.

  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!

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

    2. This is the best soda bread ever, I've been looking for ever for a good recipe. I've tried loads. This is the best. Light tasty I can now make sandwiches. I used coconut milk not buttermilk. And fine wholemeal flour as I could not get coarse wholemeal. Fabulous bread

    3. Susan, thank you so much for a lovely and generous comment. I am so pleased that this recipe worked out so well for you. Thank you so much for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

      Have a good day!

  3. Wow, quick and easy!! NO waiting for it to rise; my kind of bread!!

  4. Yum! Can imagine how power packed with flavour this bread must be plus it’s so quick. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

  5. This buckwheat and wheat flour soda bread looks so perfect. A bread full of flavors. I've yet to try baking with buckwheat flour.


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