Sage and sunflower seed soda bread

No kneading. No waiting for it to prove. This is the bread to make if time is of the essence

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Sep 21, 2016

Try this simple soda bread recipe.

Makes one loaf (approx. 16 slices).

Takes less than 10 minutes to make and less than an hour to bake.

Ingredients: (organic where possible)

225g plain flour

225g wholemeal flour

1 heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 heaped tsp cream of tartar

2 tbsp soft brown sugar

1 tbsp sunflower seeds

1 tbsp poppy seeds

1 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp sage leaves, finely chopped

20g roughly chopped walnuts

1 tsp good sea salt flakes (e.g. Maldon)

500ml buttermilk* 30g butter, melted

*Organic butter milk can be hard to source so you can replace it with 500ml organic whole milk plus 1tbsp lemon juice. Just mix it up and leave it to curdle for five minutes, then continue.


1 tbsp sunflower seeds

A big pinch of Maldon Sea Salt flakes


Preheat oven to 200°C

Sift the flour into a large bowl. (Tip in anything that remains in the sieve. You’re just aerating the flour, not trying to remove all the delicious wholemeal bits!)

Add all the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Make a well in the centre and slowly pour in the buttermilk, mixing gently but thoroughly. It will form a loose cake type batter, not a bread type dough. Don’t worry.

Brush a 10 x 20 cm loaf tin with the melted butter. Put the mixture into the tin and even out the top. Pour the rest of the butter over the surface.

Sprinkle the seeds and salt over the surface and bake for 30 mins at 200°C before turning it around and baking for 25-30 more minutes at 150°C until a sharp knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool.

Recipe created by Elly Curshen, author of Fast Days and Feast Days (Harper Thorsons, £20). Created as part of Organic Beauty Week, 19 to 25 September, for Dr. Hauschka, inspired by their botanical ingredients.

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Ellen Tout

Psychologies Eco Living Editor, features writer and digital, Psychologies

I am a freelance journalist and writer, working primarily as Psychologies Eco Living Editor, digital editor and features writer. I love the outdoors – walking with my dog, hiking, swimming, camping – and this has fuelled my passion for sustainable and eco-friendly living. I am currently also writing a monthly 'Eco Worrier' column for Psychologies. Follow me on social media, and in the magazine, for more.

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