Parmesan, sundried tomato and basil soda bread – #GBBOBloggers2015

This week was bread week over on the Great British Bake Off. The contestants were challenged to make a no prove bread, baguettes and a 3D bread sculpture. Of course I was going to attempt the latter* but I ran out of time, so I opted for a (no prove) soda bread. I decided to go for an Italian theme as it has to be my favourite food. I just love all the vibrant colours and delicious flavours and I wanted that to come across in my bread this week.

*blatent lie

Parmesan, sundried tomato and basil soda bread

Parmesan, sundried tomato and basil soda bread


parmasan, sun dried tomato and basil soda bread

Parmesan, sundried tomato and basil soda bread


  • 400ml Milk (preferably whole milk, but semi skimmed is fine. Skimmed milk tends to be too watery)
  • 1.5tbsp lemon juice
  • 450g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 75g parmasan, finely grated
  • 75g of sundried tomatoes, dried well and roughly chopped
  • bunch of fresh basil, finely chopped, or 1 packet of Gourmet Herbs Lightly Dried Basil – I used this and it was amazing!

Parmesan, sundried tomato and basil soda bread


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees/180 degrees fan.
  2. I tend to use milk and lemon juice instead of buttermilk as I always have it in, you can substitute it for 400ml of buttermilk if you like. Mix the lemon juice and milk together and put to one side for 5 minutes.
  3. Sieve your flour, bicarb and salt into a large mixing bowl and combine before adding the parmasan, sundried tomatoes and basil. Combine until the ingredients are evenly mixed throughout.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and add around half your milk/lemon juice. Using your fingers lightly combine, adding more liquid as necessary – you may not use it all, but you are looking for a soft, slightly sticky, dough – a little drier than plain soda bread as the added ingredients will add moisture. Again try to ensure that your ingredients are evenly dispersed.
  5. Using floured hands put your dough onto a well oiled baking sheet. Form into a round and flatten. Use a sharp knife to cut a criss cross on the top, around a third of the way down. This allows the bread to expand as it bakes.
  6. Bake for 45mins until golden brown and cooked through. To test if bread is cooked turn it over and tap on the bottom – a hollow sound indicates it is cooked. If it isn’t turn it upside down and bake for a little longer.
  7. Although to cool slightly before serving warm – perfect served with a selection of antipasti and dipping oil and vinegar.

If you want to see what other bloggers have linked up for The Great Bloggers Bake Off this week, then pop over to Jo’s KitchenΒ – if you are avoiding bread, then I wouldn’t, it will make your mouth water!

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  1. oh my bread word that looks awesome – look at the colours inside that bread! I want some now because you have made me hungry. i also love your photos Andrea – πŸ™‚
    Thanks for linking up x
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  2. What a lovely bake! I bet it tastes amazing!

  3. yum, your bread looks delicious! Love the sound of the flavours inside. I bet it was really tasty.
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  5. It looks perfect. Sundried tomatoes with basil is a lovely combination, it must be delicious.
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  6. What a lovely loaf, it looks delicious, all my favourite flavours. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. I’m definitely going to try this, having never made bread before (is that wise?!) The flavours sound delicious x #tastytuesdays
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  8. Oh wow that looks so delicious! Soda bread was the first thing I baked when I got back from holiday! x #CookBlogShare
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  9. As I said to you on Facebook, this looks absolutely delicious, but you didn’t want to share, pah!
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  10. that looks amazing and your photos are brilliant. Your making me crave warm bread now!
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  11. Oh wow that just looks and sounds incredible. I love soda bread and your combination sounds perfect. What you’ve said about the bread sculpture made me laugh too – I considered it for about 1.5 seconds before deciding on soda bread. And then I didn’t even have time to do that! Thanks for linking up to #cookblogshare this week.
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  12. It looks adorable ! Can’t wait need to try it πŸ™‚
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  13. I love freshly baked bread and this sounds delicious
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  14. That looks delicious and I love the way you’ve photographed it – it looks very professional x x
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  15. Oh wow, the colours in that loaf are beautiful! Living in Thailand I really miss proper bread – I’m going to have to get an oven and replicate this!

  16. Oh my gosh, that looks utterly AMAZING!!
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  17. Oh wow this bread looks like it’s packed full of flavour! My favourite flavours too πŸ™‚ #CookBlogShare
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  19. Soda bread is my most favourite bread in the world. Yours looks incredible Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays
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  20. This looks delicious. I am going to try it out next weekend!
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  21. Would you just look at those green flecks?! Totally inspired to try this recipe. Thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek New linky open later x
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