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24 Feb, 2021

Soda Bread Open Sandwich

For this recipe I've made my own soda bread, which is a great intro to bread making as it requires minimal kneading and doesn't need proving. Not only do the pink onions add the perfect pop of colour to a sandwich or salad they bring a sharpness that, paired with something salty and sweet, will have you craving them for days! I also get a lot of joy out of making a pesto, the smell, the colour, the taste, it’s all just so good and so easy, makes buying a jar of the stuff totally redundant in my eyes.



For the soda bread:

  • 170g/6oz chickpea flour
  • 150g/6oz plain gf flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 600g sweet potato, peeled, cooked and cooled
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250ml oat milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil

For the pink onions:

  • 1 red onion
  • Juice of two lemons or limes

For the pesto:

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 handful basil leaves
  • 1 handful cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Good pinch of Maldon salt

Other topping ideas:

  • Vegan feta
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved


For the soda bread:

  1. Place the sweet potato in a food processor along with the oat milk and blitz until smooth.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add in the sweet potato and olive oil and combine well. Form into a dough. If the mixture is too wet add a little more flour gradually until the dough is firm enough to tip onto a surface. If the dough is too dry and crumbling, add a little more oat milk.
  3. Form the dough into a large ball, or several small balls if you would prefer to make individual rolls, and cut a deep cross into the top. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes until the outside is hard and the inside is cooked throughout.

For the pink onions:

  1. Finely slice your onion.
  2. Heat a little oil on a medium heat and fry the onions, making sure not to brown them, you want them to be softened, so add a splash of water or turn the heat lower if they are catching.
  3. Once softened tip them into a bowl and add the lemon or lime juice. And now let the citrus work its magic to turn them pink. Should take about 10 minutes.

For the pesto:

  1. Place everything in a blender and blitz to a coarse pesto, blitz for longer if you would prefer it totally smooth, you may need to add a little water to loosen it. If you don’t have a blender you can always hand chop everything very fine and mix with the oil.