When I’m at home and I have time, I like to take a good breakfast with toast, some fresh fruit and hot tea. Breakfast is a highlight of the day, do not you think? It’s when you think about all the things you’re going to do during the day. Therefore, to start, I wanted to find a healthy bread recipe. There are of course gluten free bread recipes (which I have not tested yet) but not being intolerant is not my criterion number 1. However, lately, I prefer wholemeal flour in everything I make.
When I found the recipe of the famous “Irish soda bread”, I immediately wanted to test. There are few ingredients and all are healthy, wholemeal flour, buttermilk (some calcium but in small quantities), oatmeal and a little honey for a little something extra. On my first attempt, I was conquered. Since, I prepare a little every Sunday night for the week. The last benefit of this bread is the speed of preparation. It’s not like a wholemeal bread where you have multiple pauses for the yeast to act. Here, it is quite simple, the ingredients are mixed, you forms a ball and ovenproof. My personal touch is the addition of flaxseed. They are very good for health so I wanted to add a little bit.
For 1 little bread (x 2 for a big one) :
2 cup (230g) wholemeal flour
1/2 cup (50g) rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp flaxseed
1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
1 tbsp honey
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Prepare a baking sheet covered with baking paper and sprinkle a little wholemeal flour.
Mix the flour, oats, flaxseed, baking soda and salt. Form a small pit in the center and add the buttermilk and honey. Knead by hand. When dough is smooth (it is normal that it remains sticky) form a ball.
Place the ball on your cooktop. Using a large knife, draw a fairly deep cross. Sprinkle the bread with a little wholemeal flour. Bake for 45 minutes at 400°F (200°C).