A quick and easy recipe for homemade soda bread flavoured with tomato and nigella seeds. As well as having a beautiful colour, this tomato quick bread is lovely with soups and stews.
Sometimes when you're craving freshly baked bread you really have to do something about it. If you need some fresh bread for dinner then soda bread is a great solution as it's quick, easy and so so tasty, especially this tomato quickbread flavoured with nigella seeds. It's a gorgoeus combination of savoury flavours with a hint of the Mediterranean from the tomato puree but with the slight bitterness of nigella seeds.
I was inspired by another recipe on this site, tomato and nigella seed bread rolls. But when I created this soda bread recipe, I really wanted something quicker that could be on the table almost as quickly as the soup to accompany it!
By the way, if you just want something plain then I do have a simple recipe for a plain soda bread loaf.
Ingredient notes for nigella seed tomato quick bread
Do check out the recipe card further down the post. Basically to make this bread you'll need:
- Flour - I use a mixture of plain white flour and plain wholemeal flour. If you have spelt flour, it can also be used in place of the wholemeal flour. Don't use strong bread flour as that is better for yeasted bread. To get the right texture for quick bread it needs to be plain (or all purpose) flour.
- Salt - Always add salt as it brings out the flavour of the bread. I have tried bread without salt but I feel it tastes of the bicarbonate of soda.
- Bicarbonate of soda - This is used in place of yeast to help the bread rise.
- Olive oil - I use extra virgin olive oil. The brand I like at the moment is Gaea Greek olive oil. (you can currently get a discount if you use my code: GAEASPICE15%)
- Yogurt - I use Greek natural yogurt
- Water - I use this to thin out the yogurt.
- Tomato puree - To flavour the bread and of course give it its gorgeous orange colour.
- Nigella seeds - These are also known as black onion seeds and kalonji seeds.
What are nigella seeds?
Nigella seeds are also known as black onion seeds and kalonji seeds and are used a lot in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. They have a slightly bitter flavour are delicious in bread, any bread.
How do you make tomato and nigella seed quick bread?
Check out the recipe card further down the post for full instructions. This bread is very simple to make. Just mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then add the wet ingredients. Stir them in using a knife so the dough doesn't get worked too much and also so it doesn't get all over your hands.
If the dough seems too dry and there is a lot of flour that hasn't been incorporated, add an extra tablespoon of water.
Sprinkle some flour onto a baking tray and place the dough on top. Use a knife to cut almost all the way through as if you were cutting the bread into quarters. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
What to serve with this tomato soda bread
This tomato soda bread is delicious warm and spread with butter. I think garlic butter is especially good with it! It's also lovely as a side with soup or stew. If you can, eat it warm as it's best when fresh from the oven, like all soda breads!
Can you adapt this nigella seed tomato soda bread?
You can switch in and out different flavours if you want to use this recipe as a base for other recipes. Why not leave out the nigella seeds and add some chopped olives, sundried tomatoes or diced onion?
Or add a few more spices as well as the nigella seeds. For example half a teaspoonful of turmeric complements the nigella seeds really well.
Traditionally soda bread is made with buttermilk. If you have buttermilk then use it to replace the yogurt and water. I find buttermilk hard to get and so use yogurt instead. You can also use milk plus a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Nigella Seed and Tomato Quick Bread
- 300 g plain white flour
- 200 g plain wholemeal flour You can replace it with spelt flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 250 ml yogurt I use Greek natural yogurt
- 50 ml water
- 50 ml tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
- Put the baking tray in the oven and preheat to 200C
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
- Add in the wet ingredients and mix together until fully combined but don't over mix.
- Flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it.
- Bring the dough together with your hands to form a loaf shape.
- Take the baking tray out of the oven. Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on it to stop the dough from sticking. Put the dough onto it and use a knife to cut down almost to the baking tray to make a deep cross on the loaf.
- Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes.
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