Light soda bread with sunflower seeds

    45 min

    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.

    County Wexford, Ireland
    35 people made this

    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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    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