Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Soda Bread

 We woke up to a cloudy sky yesterday. Rumbling clouds and cool breeze was a balm to the heat battered souls. Mild drizzle gave way to torrents and the scent of the wet Earth suffused the air. The rain washed away the layers of dust sitting on leaves and trees looked washed, clean and pure. Kids ran out, danced and played in the rain. Children enjoy every weather and every season. It is we grownups, who bicker and rant in futility. As no condition is ever permanent, soon the Sun regained strength , and shone brightly as ever establishing its superiority over diminutive clouds that showcased their feat, albeit, for a short time.

Same evening I made whole wheat sunflower seed soda bread.

 Easy to whip up and great in taste, it is the fastest bread that can be made without much prior preparation.
Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Soda Bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 ¼ cup buttermilk (quantity of buttermilk may vary)
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds plus 2 teaspoon sunflower seeds for sprinkling on bread
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Grease a baking tray, dust with flour.
Whisk together flours, salt, baking soda and sunflower seeds in a kneading plate.
Add sugar to buttermilk, stir till sugar dissolves.
Add about ¾ cup    buttermilk to flour and stir until everything is moistened. Keep adding buttermilk and knead till you get soft and slightly sticky dough. Add more buttermilk or flour till the right consistency is obtained.
Transfer the dough to the baking tray. Flatten the dough ball to a circle of about 1 ½ inches thickness. With a sharp knife, make a cross on top of the bread.
Bake the bread for 25 minutes at 220 degrees C. Reduce the heat to 180 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.  Cool in the rack. Slice next day or at least after six hours.

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  1. wow! yet another tasty bread. Yumm.

  2. A lovely loaf for sharing; what did you eat it with? As you know we love soda bread too as it's so quick and easy, and my husband does not eat yeast,but I have yet to find a vegan sub for the buttermilk- do you have any suggestions?

  3. Hello Sarojini,
    How about trying to make it with vegan buttermilk? I once made vegan buttermilk for a cake. I added 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of home made soy milk. Let it rest for a while and then stir. Milk curdles ....and we have vegan buttermilk. Let me know Sarojini if you try this. Thanks!

  4. Pretty pretty! This looks like a flower :) I am yet to try soda breads Namita... Each time I see a post of yours using soda, I am tempted to try. I have to make this soon! Loved the pictures!

  5. Hi Namita, how r u ? I love how the nature looks & smell after rain.....bright green leafs after getting nice bath from rain...I miss playing in the rain. Soda bread looks beautiful.......

  6. This would go incredibly well with the pumpkin soup that I made last night. We are in our first month of winter here on Serendipity Farm and soup and fresh bread is a great way to warm up after a long day. Cheers for the scrumptious share :)