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Irish Soda Bread: Yeast Free Baking

Who does not love bread? Each one of us has relished bread in childhood, enjoying these soft crusty bakes even now, and plan to do so in the future as we age. Why not?

soda bread with whole wheat

Irish soda bread no yeast recipe
 This Irish soda bread is unlike the typical yeast breads. Cretainly, this Irish yeast-free bread is unlike my no-yeast bread recipes. The soda bread recipe is quick, instant, and sans heavy fats.

yeast free soda bread Irish recipe

This recipe has been on my mind since long. I have tried steaming it on previous occassions. But I was not too happy with the result. Steamed soda breads were moist and crumbly in texture.
This time I got inspired by Bharath Kumar from HBG, an awesome baker himself- who had posted Irish soda bread recipe in the group. Taking leaf from his book, I went ahead with my own mdifications.

Yes, this one is different. It is not only quick but loaded with carom seeds. Surprised? Well, I read somewhere that traditional Irish breads use ajwain and raisins. I have used only carom seeds, eliminating raisins or kishmish from the recipe, for I think adding dry fruits would make bread more like a cake.

Nevertheless, I am happy with the result and willing to go again with this recipe- which uses simplest of ingredients easily available on your counter shelves. Surprised?


Usually Irish bread is baked in a cast iron skillet, but I have used my normal baking pan for this.

Irish soda bread yeast free
The dough of soda bread is quite sticky and may be difficult to manage initially, but worry not. It will take the form of a beautiful Irish bread bun once it comes out of the oven - with its own rustic charm.
Allow the bread to sit untouched until it cools down completely. I was so curious to see the bun from inside that I made my first cut merely 5 mins after it was done.

The dough did remind me of cake rusk dough which is quite similar - loose, sticky and unlike cake batter! But it bakes it into a beautiful cake and its double baked delights are just so crunchy.

Then I left it overnight to cool down completely. The next morning it was a beauty waiting to be unfurled.

I have come up with another UNEDITED video just to give you an idea about the kind of dough required for this soda bread recipe. Please bear with me for the poor quality of video clips, as I have kept it unedited.


Well, here is the list of ingredients required for this soda bread:


1 cup-whole wheat flour
1/2 cup-Barley flour (substitute with whole wheat flour if you do not have jau)
2 tbsp- milk powder
1 tsp- ACV (or vinegar)
1/2 tsp- salt
1 tsp- honey (or you may add sugar instead)
Buttermilk- 1 cup (2 tbsp of curd whisked with hot water to make 1 cup of buttermilk - you may add milk instead)
Carom seeds or ajwain (optional)
1/2 tsp- olive oil (optional)
sesame seeds and raisins (optional)
baking soda- 1 tsp (I had only 1/2 tsp with me...but I was curious enough to go ahead with the recipe so went with it)
instant soda bread whole wheat no yeast turns into a paneer toast

soft, crunchy Irish soda bread with whole grains

How to make Irish soda bread

1. Sift whole wheat flour, barley flour, and milk powder. You may take up to 4 cups in total for a perfect Irish bread bun. Mine was an experiment, so I always prefer to start small, so there is less wastage if my experiment fails.
2. Next whisk curd and hot water together until it forms buttermilk. Keep aside.
Mix olive oil or any vegetable oil, salt, honey with the buttermilk.
Add carom seeds to the wet ingredients. If you wish to add raisins, please soak them in hot water first and then drop them into the wet mixture.
Next add baking soda to the wet ingredients. Immediately add vinegar to the mix. It will be frothy.
Immediately add the dry ingredients. Mix well until everyhting combines. It will be a very sticky dough.
Try to use wet hands to give a ball shape and drop it in a baking pan dusted with dry flour. I did not grease the pan just dusted it.
Sprinkle sesame seeds over the bread.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 30 mins or little longer.
Control your urge to cut the Irish bread with soda before it cools down completely.
Enjoy this simple, rustic, yeast free bread with whole wheat flour.
If you have always been wondering how to make yeast free bread with whole wheat, this is it.
This no yeast soda bread is a must try for those watching their weight. 

No Sugar Almond Butter Cookies With Oatmeal: Crunchy Walnut Bites


If you are looking for some healthy crunchy bites, look no further than this oatmeal cookie recipe. Can oatmeal give you crunchy cookies? Why not? I have tried out many simple cookie recipes with oatmeal. This almond butter cookie recipe is unique, since it is a blend of power-packed walnuts, almonds, and oatmeal.
walnut cookie recipe with almond butter oatmeal

On top of it, the oat cookie recipe does not use white butter. All you need is a few ingredients, and it is quick to process. I have tried this homemade whole wheat flour cookie recipe in my Prestige airfryer; you may bake it as well and serve your family delicious, crunchy bites! The first batch of airfryer cookies would disappear soon - that's a promise!
walnut oatmeal cookie recipe with whole wheat flour


I have tried to create a few video clips, though this isn;t my best attempt at video making . Please bear with me. This was my first video on cookie making.

Here is how to make almond butter at home.



Here's the video for almond butter cookies:


The healthy cookie recipe uses almond butter in place of white butter, which is a healthier alternative to the latter.


eggless homemade whole wheat flour walnut cookies 


homemade almond butter recipe benefits

Ingredients for Walnut Cookie Recipe With Oatmeal
3/4 cup - whole wheat flour (you may need 1-2 tbsp more)
1/2 cup- oatmeal
4 tsp - almond butter (here's how to make almond butter at home)
1 tsp- olive oil
2 tbsp- jaggery powder or sugar (more or less depending on your taste)
3/4 tsp- baking soda
walnuts chopped
1 tsp - milk (if dough feels dry)
1/2 tsp- grated ginger
spices of your choice (I added my homemade tea masala)

How To Make Oatmeal Delicious With Walnuts

This simple cookie recipe is your key to unlocking the deliciousness of oatmeal. Trust my words on this healthy cookie recipe with walnuts or try it out yourself to serve your family delicious crunchy bites  that come with the goodness of almond butter and walnuts.

I have tried making a few video clips for you all to know the kind of cookie dough required for this batch. 

1.  Mix whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and baking soda. Keep aside
2. In a bowl, add almond butter, olive oil, jaggery powder, and spices of your choice.
3. Throw in grated ginger and whisk everything until mixed well.
4. Add half of the chopped walnuts.
5. Next, add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
6. Mix with hands until combined.
7. Add 1 tsp or little less of milk if the dough feels too dry.
8. Mix and make a log of the dough in a cylindrical shape so you can easily get the rectangular or square shapes.
9. Tightly fold in a cling film or aluminum foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
10. Take out the long from the fridge and preheat oven/airfryer.
11. Preheat microwave convection at 180 degrees for 10 mins. Preheat airfryer for 3 mins at 180 degrees.
12. Cut the cookie shapes and place on a greased tray.
13. Bake in the airfryer for 10-12 mins at 180 degrees. If you are baking in the microwave, you may need to bake a little longer, but set it for 12 mins initially. If the cookies look unbaked, bake for another 2 mins.
14. Take out the cookies on a cooling rack and allow them to cool.
15. Enjoy no butter oatmeal walnut cookies with a hot cup of tea.



Tomato Crackers: Savory, Crunchy Bites With Chickpea Flour Gluten Free


vegan recipe of crackers
Yes, the title reads tomato crackers. Trust me, savory crackers are here. But this is not a gluten free recipe, for I have used oatmeal here. But you can always skip oats to make for a yummy chickpea flour gluten free snack.

Everyone seems going gaga over my healthy cookie recipes, isn't it? I have shared too many. But I love cookies yaar and what better than choosing healthy ingredients for your cracker recipes?


If you are looking fo a recipe for cookies, you will more than 60 here. That's a promise. From simple cookie recipes to sugar recipes of a cookie, from almond butter cookie recipe to no butter recipe on cookie. Na, I am not making tall claims. On top of it, you will not find any butter cookie recipe here.

I use homemade ghee or clarified butter and that too in limited quantity.




Okay without further ado, let's get started with the  vegan  recipe, which gives you olive oil crackers.

Well, yes, the two words "vegan" and "olive oil" are enough to attract interest to any recipe on cookies.

tomato crackers chickpea gluten free



No, these are not sundried tomato crackers, but crunchy bites that make up this batch of savory crackers with olive oil. The happiest part of this recipe is that hubby dear has approved it.

Happy me!

Do not blame me if this batch of tasty savory crackers turns out to be addictive! Yes, they are, I admit.

With so much yumminess, tanginess, and healthy ingredients, this recipe is a keeper that is ready in a jiffy and makes a perfect snack to welcome guests.

Ideal for munching with or without tea, these tasty toasted crackers are bursting with flavors of fresh coriander, spiced up with green chilly, blended with Indian spices to give you a healthylicious batch of crunchy munchy deliciousness.

If you do not try out this olive oil cracker recipe, you're missing out on great munching fun, trust me!

The quick kid-friendly snack is all set to tinkle your taste buds!
no sundried tomato crackers


Ingredients
1 cup- besan (chickpea flour)
2 tomatoes (pureed with 1/4 tsp of olive oil)
1/4 cup- rice flour
4 heaped tbsp of oatmeal or powdered oats (you may replace with half of rice flour and chickpea flour for a gluten-free recipe)
1 tbsp- olive oil
sesame seeds
curry leaves, green chilly, fresh coriander leaves
1/8th tsp- hing (asafoetida)
Jeera (cumin seeds)
ajwain (carom seeds)
a big pinch of sugar
1/4 tsp -rock salt/black salt (depending on your taste) - you may use common salt
1/4 tsp or more of garam masala or coriander powder

How To Make Crackers With Tomatoes

When I decided to make no sundried tomato crackers, I wanted to make it a gluten-free recipe. But then I tend to include fiber-rich oats in almost every recipe of mine, so they had to be fitted in here as well.
I will try to come up with a gluten-free tomato cracker recipe soon. Hey, I have already shared one chickpea flour cracker recipe, which is a vegan recipe as well. Check here.

Make a tomato puree. What I did was added 1/4 tsp of olive oil in a 3-liter cooker and then dropped in the chopped tomatoes. Wait for 2 whistles and turn off the flame. Open the cooker and mash the tomatoes. If you have tomato puree handy, it can be used in the recipe.

Take besan or chickpea flour.

Gather all other dry ingredients, including rice flour, jeera, oatmeal, chopped coriander leaves, and chopped green chilly. You may use dried red chilly powder to make your tomato crackers spicy.

Add haldi.

Add carom seeds or ajwain.




Add hing and olive oil.
The goodness of olive oil makes this cracker recipe a healthier snacking alternative to all the buttery stuff.
Add sesame seeds.


 Add garam masala.

Add baking soda, sugar powder, and salt.


 Mix everything. Rub with hands.



This is how the flour looks mixed with olive oil.




Mix the dry and wet ingredients. If it looks like a sticky dough. Please add more besan. But I added more oat powder to make a stiff dough - should not be too hard though.

Look at the color of the cracker dough. I am loving it already. If your dough still feels soft, cover it in a cling film and refrigerate for half an hour. Then preheat oven or microwave convection at 180 degrees for 8-10 mins. I used my airfryer for this purpose. preheat airfryer for 3-4 mins.

Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out like a chapati - use a cookie cutter or small bangle to cut out the crackers. Donot forget to make incisions in each cracker with a fork. 
Look at these golden beauties!!! 
 No I do not claim this to be one of the best cookie recipes, but it surely is a keeper.
What do these crispy crunchies tell you - bake them immediately!

Bake for 10 minutes in microwave convection at 180 degrees or airfry at the same temperature for 12 minutes. If the savory crackers feel soft, bake or airfry longer. It took my airfryer almost 18 mts to airfry these perfectly. Keep an eye on your tomato crackers and allow these golden beauties to cool down before munching on them.

One suggestion: keep the pieces thinner to bake/airfry them quickly. In my case, these were a little thicker, so took me longer. Nevertheless tasty stuff! 
Do not forget to share how you liked this crunchy munchy crispy tomato cracker recipe? Would love to hear back!




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