Basil and Sun Dried Tomato Soda Bread

One of the things I don’t eat often is bread. For one thing I find that a diet of mostly vegetables is best for me. So I limit my intake of these kinds of things. This was true before I was diagnosed with MS but it has become more of a factor over the last few years. I have noticed changes in digestion. Even if I eat just a small amount of bread I’m in pain. I think it’s the yeast but I’m not entirely sure.

Basil and Sun Dried Tomato Soda Bread

I remembered that I used to make soda bread when the kids were younger. I made it to stretch dollars when things were tight. Soda bread is faster than waiting for yeast bread to rise also. Which was a big plus.

I have a beautiful garden in the back yard but I have a bit of a problem. Basil! Basil every where. I’m not even kidding. I have no clue where it all came from. I’ve been freezing it, drying it, and making pesto. You name it if it has basil I have made it!

So this is just a twist on the plain soda bread I used to make. I wanted to see if it was friendlier to my stomach and I thought it sounded good too.


  • 4 Cups Gluten Free Flour ( or all-purpose if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Cracked Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1/4 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup  Shredded Almond, Asiago or Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 1/4 Cups Buttermilk or sour milk ( mix 1 tsp. vinegar into almond milk or regular milk to make sour milk)

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then add the chopped Basil, Rosemary, shredded cheese, and tomatoes. Stir well.

Basil Rosemary and sundried tomatoes

Create a well in the center of the mixture and add the milk. Stir until a ball forms. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead a couple of times. You don’t want to over knead the dough. Form the dough into a round disc about 2 inches thick.  Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, ( I used coconut oil) cut an X across the top of the dough, and bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Basil Soda bread before baking (2)

Sprinkle a little cheese on top and put it back in the oven 2 to 5 minutes longer to brown the cheese.

Soda Bread Slice (3)



Serve alone or with a drizzle of coconut or olive oil.

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