Sunday, 29 March 2015

Easy, Wheat Free, Walnut and Rosemary Soda Bread

There's nothing like home-made bread fresh from the oven - especially when it's this easy to bake.

Hi again Fodmappers - I hope the sun is shining where you. It's officially the first day of summer here in the UK and it's cold, wet and windy! Not that I'm complaining as it's given me a chance to try my hand at something I've wanted to do for a while, and that's making my own soda bread. I've never been a big fan of bread but I do enjoy soda bread, maybe partly because it reminds me of holidays in Ireland where I've enjoyed it for breakfast - fresh from the oven. So today, I've been hiding from the weather and cooking up a storm.

If you're a regular visitor to my page (hello and thank you for stopping by) you'll remember that in my last post I talked about the difference between gluten and fodmaps and why gluten-free isn't always the best choice if you have IBS. However this recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free, lactose-free and fodmap friendly. What's more, as it's a soda bread, it's also yeast-free, so if that's something you need to avoid then this recipe is for you too. It's also incredibly easy. In fact it's so easy I added my own twist.

I took as my inspiration the Doves Farm recipe for Emmer Soda Bread, but as Emmer is a form of wheat I replaced it with their Gluten Free Plain White Flour. (In case you're wondering, I'm not being sponsored by Doves Farm, that's just what I used). I discovered you don't need to use a strong flour for soda bread (who knew?) and as I already had the plain white at home I thought it was worth a go. I really had no idea how it would turn out but sometimes you've just got to try these things. I'm pleased to say it baked beautifully, so if you fancy giving it a go, here's how I did it.

Walnut and Rosemary Soda Bread


450g Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain White Flour
1 and 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
450g of Lactose Free Yogurt
1/2 cup of Chopped Walnuts
1 Tbsp of Dried Rosemary


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/400F.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3. Stir in the yogurt and bring together into a ball. Note: Soda bread doesn't have to be kneaded and only takes moments to come together.
4. Place on an oiled baking sheet and sprinkle with flour.
5. Cut an X in the top and bake in the oven for approximately 55 to 60 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and tap on the bottom. If it sounds hollow, it's ready.
7. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with soup, cheese or a spread of your choice. Of course, if the sun is shining where you are, this would be perfect on a picnic with a glass of wine. Well I can dream. ;)

'Til next time Fodmappers - Stay Fabulous. x


  1. Yummy! This is a super-easy recipe that even I can tackle, thanks so much, Susie!

    (PS I know it doesn't fit into FODmap but do you think this would work with oat flakes ground down into flour?)

    1. Oats are OK Callie - I was very tempted to add them to this recipe. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. x

  2. This looks interesting. I just started baking more and cooking more with different ingredients. I am pretty picky when it comes to foods. But I do like trying new foods.

    1. Well if you've just started baking, this is definitely one to try. It takes about 5 minutes to make the dough. Couldn't be simpler. x

  3. Do you recommend a flour that is available in the US? Thanks.

    1. Hi Sarah. Sorry I can't help with this query as I'm not in the US. I shall leave your comment here and hopefully someone else will be able to help.

  4. I actually went for it and tried the recipe with King Arthur Multi-Purpose Flour and Kefir in place of yogurt. It is absolutely awesome and I will be making it often!

    1. Fantastic! And using kefir is a great idea. Glad it turned out well for you.