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Sundried Tomato White Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Let your children know the history of soda bread making and that they should be very proud of their culture. There is a great science lesson in this – the bread soda reaction with sour milk or buttermilk creating exciting volcanoes!

Ingredients List:

450g plain white flour
Pinch of salt
1 level tsp Bread Soda (Baking Soda)
1 tbsp oil (a non scented oil i.e. no olive oil)
420ml sour milk or buttermilk
1 tbsp tomato paste
6 sundried tomatoes (If using sundried tomatoes in oil, omit oil from recipe and do not soak in water)

How to Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 210ºC / Gas 6.
  • Cut the sundried tomatoes into small pieces and leave to soak in warm water for approx 10 minutes.
  • Sieve the flour, salt and bread soda into a bowl.
  • Incorporate air into the dry ingredients by lifting it up with your fingertips.
  • Drain the water from the sundried tomatoes and add them to the bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  • Whisk the tomato paste into the buttermilk.
  • Add the oil and most of the tomato / buttermilk and mix to form a dough. Do not over-mix or the bread will be tough and heavy.
  • Flour a baking tray and place the dough on it.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for approx 35 – 45 minutes until well risen and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base.
  • Cool on a wire rack.


Recipes supplied by Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, herself a busy mother of two, she will be launching her second TV series and first cookery book later this year. Watch out for Head Chef Junior Chef Cookery Courses at Ballyknocken Cookery School later this summer, visit for more information. This is an innovative & novel cookery course for adults and children – guaranteed fun, learning and bonding in the kitchen.

Parents & children, aunts & nieces, godfathers and godchildren come together to learn the skill of patience and support to the budding chefs. This is a fun hands-on kids and adults cookery class and includes light supper and your own suite of recipes to take home. And hopefully once school starts your young chefs will be able to assist you in the kitchen!