Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Pesto & Olive Soda Bread


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Hi All!
I have always had a penchant for making breads and baking as I always say is therapeutic. It was one such day when I was feeling lost for no reason and I knew it was time to bake but bake fast. Somehow, I did not have the patience of waiting for the yeast to proof and rise, though the temperature here would have really helped that.
I decided to try a soda bread which uses baking soda instead of yeast as a raising agent. The bread does not need any kneading and has a rustic texture.Traditionally the ingredients used in making a soda bread are buttermilk, soda bi carb, salt and flour. The buttermilk containing lactic acid reacts with the soda to produce carbon dioxide which produces tiny bubbles. It’s a perfect bread to be tried by novices in baking as it needs minimal effort.

The soda bread is commonly made in various cuisines but the most famous is definitely the Irish Soda bread though they are not the inventors, apparently it was made earliest by the American Indians. However, as the Scots have made the bagpipe their instrument, the Irish have made Soda Bread theirs.  Not by choice, but by a state of poverty that made it the easiest bread to put on the table.

I had recently bought a book at Reliance Time Out at a good discount, the speciality of this book is that it has step by step pictures making it very easy to understand. Not that this bread was way too complicated to understand but I’m a virtual person, I love seeing pictures and I genuinely believe that comprehension is better with the help of pictures. I always rate a cookbook with good pictures higher than a book which has no pictures or less pictures. This book is by far the best as it has clear, step by step pictures, giving you a clarity whether you are proceeding correct, the texture and finish of the product. I came across this soda bread with olives and pesto and I thought perfect, I had all the ingredients with me to try this bread, I just halved the original recipe. I was overwhelmed with the outcome of the bread

This bread tastes best when eaten warm, it goes well with soups and curries. It can be had as snack smeared with olive oil or tapenade.

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Pesto & Olive Soda Bread
Recipe- Frame by Frame Baking
Makes one 4”loaf
Serves:2-3
Preparation time:10mins
Baking time:20-25mins
Cooling Time:10mins
Ingredients
4.5oz of APF
4.50z wheat flour with bran
1/2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1-1/2tbsp Home made Basil Pesto
1oz chopped olives
50-100ml buttermilk
milk for glazing


Method




Preheat the oven at 200C.
Grease a baking dish with olive spray.
Mix all ingredients and using the buttermilk bring all together. Do not knead.
Dust the platform with some flour and make a ball.
Flatten the ball and apply milk wash. Cut a cross lightly on the top.
Bake till golden brown. The loaf sound hollow when tapped underneath.

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31 comments:

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so flavorful and perfectly done.. Nicely done

Sayantani said...

when I dint have a good active yeast I used to bake this a lot. little denser but the flavour is awesome. your bread looks perfect.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious bread

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

delicious bread...perfectly done...awesom clicks

Charu Srivastava said...

great luking bread...link it to my event teatime !!!

Jay said...

absolutely delicious Pari..:)
Tasty Appetite

Sravs said...

Rightly prepared bread looks wonderful !!

faseela said...

suprb bread....awsome

maha said...

perfectly bakes bread..n pics r just fabulous......
Maha

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Your pictures looks so professional... Just like from a recipe book.. so classic..
Serve It - Pressure Cooked/Slow Cooked

Hema said...

Like the rustic look of the bread, awesome flavor with pesto in it..

Parita said...

The bread looks so perfectly baked!

Follow foodie said...

Wow, awesome
Very tempting!
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Prathibha said...

Thanks for ur lovely comment pari...this bread looks delicious..I m wondering how many cookbooks u must b having in ur cup-board...he he..:)BTW I m planning 2 make aluc urry which u posted recently,but would try wid lil oil..

jeyashrisuresh said...

this is very interesting and yummy pari

Priti said...

Looks so gud ...gud recipe ...

Anonymous said...

perfectly done and very delicious..loves your presentation..

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

the recipe book looks wonderful, i too am a visual person, understand recipes better when there is a stepwise pic.. the bread looks so easy & quick!

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Wonderful bread...such a lovely texture.

Reshmi said...

lovely looking bread... great snaps
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Poonam Borkar said...

bread looks fabulous..perfectly done!!
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Kanan said...

delicious looking bread. nicely done

chitraj.hegde said...

lovely soda Bread....adding olive makes it more delicious......book marked..


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easyfoodsmith said...

What a beautifully baked bread! It looks perfect and lovely presentation.

Priya said...

Great lookng bread, seriously i love olives in bread, well done Pari..

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Gorgeous bread just a replica of the pic from the book .. jus loving it esp because of no yeast in it..wonderful !!

hemalata said...

Perfect baked bread,looks so yummy.

Prabha Mani said...

Interesting bread recipe..Nice presentation!!

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cookingvarieties said...

hi pari, just to say thank you for your sweet comments on my post “sago dessert” at sobha’s last week.
i envy your expertise in bread making. i always dream of being one..delicious looking dear.Have a nice day

Archana said...

Wow thiis something I have do. Have been feeling totally lazy for some time now.

Ambreen said...

Wow! Fabulous looking delicious bread, looks perfect. Thanks dear for your kind words. Coming from you, that's a great compliment :)

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