Tomato & Chive Soda Bread

Oct 27, 2017 | 0 comments


Twenty years ago, I was, and still am, a great admirer of the chef Lesley Waters. She used to make a lot of vegetarian recipes, using ordinary ingredients to make lovely tasty things. I bought two of her books way back when, including Broader Than Beans, from which this lovely recipe comes.Broader than beans, a cook book This is my version of  Lesley’s Tomato Scofa Bread I buy large kilogram bags of sundried tomatoes, amongst many other things, from Healthy Supplies . That’s why I soak the tomatoes and use the soaking water. If you have tomatoes in oil, use some of the oil from the  jar. It is these tomatoes that I use to make my own tomatoes in oil. 

Tomato & Chive Soda Bread


  • 225g self raising flour, 52p/1.5kg, 8p
  • 150ml milk, 99p/2.27 litres, 6p
  • 4-6 sundried tomatoes, £1.40/280g,  30p
  • 2 tblsp vegetable oil, £1/litre, 3p
  • 2 tblsp chopped chives, 60p/25g, 20p
  • pinch salt
  • generous tsp baking powder, 2p
  • Priced at Asda using mySupermarket October 2017
  • Total cost 69p, 11p a serving
  • Total nutrition 592 calories, 17g protein, 28g fat, 69g carbs
  • Nutrition per serving 148 calories, 4g protein, 7g fat, 17g carbs

Takes 10 serves at least 6


Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. Soak the sundried tomatoes in a little water until soft, then chop them. If you have tomatoes from a jar, if they are already soft, just chop them, otherwise soak them until they are. Put all ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine. Add the tomato soaking water if used, and the milk, enough to make a soft dough. Pat the dough into a 6 inch round. Or six small rounds, or however many you want to make.

Bake the single round for about 15 minutes until brown and cooked through. The smaller rounds will take less time, about 10 minutes. Tomato and chive soda bread


The milk makes this a lovely soft bread, the tomatoes and chives make it very flavoursome. Can be enjoyed just as it is, especially still warm from the oven. Or have it with soup, with butter, or not, or a sliver of cheese. Do try it, it was quick to make and tasted really good.


A scattering of black olives would work, or add a few chopped walnuts. Change the chives to rosemary or sage. You could use ordinary white onion, or chopped leek. A few oats sprinkled over the top would be nice too.   Tomato and chive soda bread



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