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.
When the theme for this month's Recipe Redux was announced I have to admit that I wasn't especially excited. The theme was Quick Breads. Now, although I love recipes that can be prepared quickly and with minimal hands on time, I do actually prefer yeasted bread.
Savoury quick bread
I've only made a quick bread once before. It was a plain soda bread and I doubted I'd make one again, or at least not a savoury one. Well, everything deserves a second chance and although I was tempted to go down the sweet route, I decided to give savoury the benefit of the doubt.
My Favourite Way to Flavour bread
One of my favourite bread recipes is these tomato and nigella seed bread rolls. So, I decided to take the same flavours and try them in a quick bread. 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 onion flavour and I love them in bread, any bread.
My Verdict on this tomato quick bread
With some of my favourite flavours in, it would have been hard for me not to like this tomato and nigella seed soda bread. As well as flavouring the bread, the tomato puree gives it a warm orange colour so it looks very inviting on the table. I served it with a homemade vegetable stew and yes, luckily I did like it!
I have to say, given the choice I wouldn't choose a quick bread over a more traditional yeasted loaf. However, I certainly wouldn't say no to eating this again! Or to making another savoury soda bread in the future, which is a definitely improvement since last time.
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 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.
Recipe for Nigella Seed and Tomato Quick Bread
Nigella Seed and Tomato Quick Bread
- 300 g plain white flour
- 200 g plain wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 250 ml yoghurt
- 50 ml water
- 50 ml tomato puree
- 1 tsp 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. 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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