daily bread

a stall on Cambridge market last week 

Isn't it amazing that 3 simple ingredients, namely flour, yeast and water can produce such a wonderful and delicious array of breads.
Every country, it seems, has its own bread speciality.

I've mentioned before that I love making bread and although fairly simple it is not a process you can rush, but if you want bread in a hurry then soda bread is the thing.

Soda bread is most commonly associated with Ireland, possibly because their climate is not good for growing strong wheat flour which is needed for breads leavened with yeast.

I adapted a recipe from this cookbook from Yeo Valley.

The original recipe called for rosemary and olives, but since I was right out of olives, I used raisins instead.
Maybe not an obvious choice and not one I can claim as my own idea, since I have seen rosemary and raisins used in bread elsewhere,
but a combination which I think works well.

 I gathered the rosemary from just outside the kitchen door.
Most herbs are tender little souls which won't survive the winter, but not so rosemary which can be relied on all year round.

I also used spelt flour instead of stoneground wholemeal, simply because I had an unopened bag in the cupboard which was approaching its use-by date!

So here it is-
Soda bread with spelt flour and rosemary and raisins 
and very good it was too!!




  1. I'm just finding my way with spelt flour, but your soda bread sounds very good... definitely worth baking. And the rosemary and raisin would add lots of flavour.

  2. Soda bread is one of my favourites but I've never tried that combination of flavours before. Sounds good!

  3. I often make soda bread as it's so quick, and great with homemade soup. This combination looks delicious. Last week I tried a parsnip and cheese soda bread which is in Waitrose's winter cookery magazine. It tasted wonderful.

    1. Ooo! Thank you for your comment. When I was baking this bread I had in my mind an idea for parsnip and cheese soda bread which I was convinced I had seen recently but couldn't remember where. Now I know where it was that I had seen it as I have that magazine too! I must try it, especially now it has your recommendation.

  4. I do like a bit if soda bread and have to say your combo is inspired. We brought rosemary home from the allotment and it needs using soooooon...


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