Thursday, 2 June 2011

Wheat-free Soda Bread

Now I'm not much of a wheat free kind of a girl. Wheat doesn't seem to excite any nasty side effects in me and I really couldn't be without pasta - however, I know some people do find it doesn't agree with them or their Arthur. Also, a few people with associated tummy problems have told me it sets them off, so I thought it would be churlish not to think of them. Finally, my lovely other half and my wonderful friend are both bread monsters but find wheat upsetting (!) so this loaf is dedicated to them.


100 grams buckwheat flour
100 grams rice flour
100 grams oat flour (or oats blitzed in the food processor until a fine powder)
250mls buttermilk (or milk with 1tsp lemon juice added)
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Add the buttermilk and mix well to combine. You should get a sticky, stiff dough.

Spoon the dough into a well greased loaf pan and bake at 180c for 30 mins. Allow to cool before cutting.

Arthritis diet notes:
This is a very quick and easy wheat and yeast free bread. Buckwheat is actually no relation to ordinary wheat whatsoever - it's more closely related to rhubarb, and has an earthy, musky flavour. The flour is made from grinding the seeds. Buckwheat is a good source of iron, zinc and selenium. It's being investigated for its potential to stabilise blood sugar and it is a rich source of the antioxidant rutin. Rutin may help strengthen capillaries and veins so could help if you bruise easily. Perhaps, most usefully for people on methotrexate for rheumatoid, psoriatic arthritis and other auto immune types, rutin can help soothe those annoying mouth ulcers the medication sometimes causes.

(PS. That's Bertie the Basil in the photo. He just looked so lovely I couldn't help but take his photo!)

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