Yeast Free Soda Bread

Sunday, December 11, 2011

3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon salt or sugar (depends on what you want)
1 1/2 cups water (you can also use milk)
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl without stirring the flour .
Mix the liquids in another bowl and add to the dry bowl.
Stir until there is no more dry flour, but do not overwork the dough.
The dough should be moist but not sticky, you may need a little bit more or less water depending on where you live.
With oiled hands shape the dough into a ball, and place it on wax paper on a baking sheet.
You can also poor the bread into a bread pan greased with butter and flour.
Make an egg wash and brush on top of the bread.
It is made with 1 beaten egg into 1 tablespoon of water.
Add sesame seeds or another seed or nut you like.
Bake for 40 minutes at 200C.

You can also:
Rub the dough ball with virgin olive oil and sprinkle sea salt and oregano for a foccacia flavor.
Add 1 tbs of brown sugar for a sweet bread taste
Add herbs
Add nuts, bacon, fruit, chocolate chips...

If you make it into a ball it looks rustic like the picture below, and you need to cut thicker slices or it brakes away. This one looks whiter because I chose not to add the egg wash.

If you make it in sandwich bread shape you can cut thinner slices.
Cooking in a bread pan makes it look more golden.

Easy and awesome to make when you don't have yeast in the house and you don't feel like going out to get it.

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