Soda bread is one of the simplest and quickest breads to make. Try it with the freshly grated beetroot in this recipe but its just as good with out. The toasted seeds make a tasty nutty addition, its great baked up for breakfast or lunch served with a seasonal soup or as I did this time with the Apple and Marrow chutney and a nice chunk of cheese.
The freshly grated beetroot added great strands of colour. Some of the beetroot remained purple and some turned golden in colour within the loaf.
- 225g plain flour
- 225g plain wholemeal flour
- 320ml natural yoghurt
- 80ml milk
- 5 heaped tablespoons mixed sunflower/pumpkin seeds, roasted
- 1 heaped teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 level teaspoon salt
- 100g coarsely grated beetroot
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Lightly oil a baking tray.
- Put all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir through with a fork to combine the bicarbonate of soda evenly throughout the mix.
- Add the grated beetroot, yoghurt, milk and olive oil, mix well to form a moist dough. Add a little extra milk if the dough is to dry.
- Flour a board and with floured hands scoop the dough from the bowl, place on the floured board and shape into a round loaf.Place onto the baking tray.
- Using a sharp knife score the top into wedges.
- Place into the middle of the oven for 35-40 minutes until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the base.
- Place on a wire rack to cool.
If you want you can dry fry the seeds instead of roasting ( I have to set a timer when roasting seeds and nuts if I don’t I forget they are in the oven and they always burn! ). Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, add the seeds and when ready the pumpkin seeds will start to swell and pop slightly from the heat. If roasting they will take about 3 minutes.
The beetroot gave the soda bread dough, such a brilliant colour! It took me back to the days when I used to make play dough for the girls to play with.
The soda bread served up still a little warm, with the Apple and Marrow chutney and a chunk of Red Leicester cheese. All that is needed now is some butter, so it melts slightly as it hits the warm bread! Delish!