Light Soda Bread with sunflower seeds

Light Soda Bread with sunflower seeds


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About this recipe: This soda bread uses more plain flour than wholemeal to give it a lighter colour and softer texture. I add sunflower seeds and use a course wholemeal to give it a little bite.

liam County Wexford, Ireland

Serves: 6 

  • 200g coarse ground Wholemeal
  • 275g Plain Flour
  • 300ml Buttermilk
  • 1 level tsp Bread Soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 25g Sunflower Seeds

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F or GM 6)
  2. In a large bowl, mix the course flour with the sieved plain flour, bread soda and the salt.
  3. Add half the sunflower seeds & the buttermilk.
  4. Mix till you get a soft dough.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead till the mixture is smooth.
  6. Shape into a round loaf and cut a cross over the top then pour over the rest of the sunflower seeds.
  7. Bake on a lightly floured baking tin for 40 minutes. When it's ready, it will sound hollow if tapped on the base.
  8. Let rest for 30 minuted before cutting. Cover with a clean damp teatowel if a soft crust is desired.

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Reviews (4)


I have a problem with bicarbonate of soda and sunflower seeds : as soon as I mix them, the seeds turn green! Have you already noticed this and have you got an idea how to get rid of it? Thanks! John - 18 May 2009


I've never made any kind of bread before but this came out wonderfully, went down a treat and highly recommended! - 03 May 2013


I was really excited t try this as the photo looked beautiful. I also grew up on soda bread so I was keen to make it again. So glad I did, even though I used all wholemeal flour - it still turned out perfectly. I love the crunch the sunflower seeds give it, especially when you toast it. - 29 Aug 2008

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