Date & Raisin Breakfast Loaf
'Eat up! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day'.
How many times have you heard, read or said that to yourself or your littlelies? I find myself saying it almost everyday. Inevitably our three will still be midway through their first bite when it's time to leave. Honestly, do children ever hurry up in the mornings?!
We're great porridge lovers in our house (that's another blog post coming soon...) but we also like toast, or any sort of finger food that can be eaten while waiting for the porridge to cook. Recently, we've been munching our way through this Date & Raisin Breakfast Loaf, which provides a natural sweetness that any 'clean little tummy' will enjoy and makes for a scrumptious alternative to ordinary toast.
The great thing about this loaf is it's a soda bread loaf, which means it takes almost no time to prep, no resting or rising or any other timing-consuming nonsense that busy mums just don't have time to do. Simply mix the dry ingredients, mix in buttermilk and an egg, shape and pop into the oven for 40-45 minutes. Voila! Now I certainly wouldn't have time to do this in the morning, but its a good after school activity if you want to get your clean little tummies involved. Otherwise, bake a batch at the weekend, slice it up, pop it in the freezer and then it is ready for toasting in the mornings.
There are a lot of soda bread recipes out there but this one is a combination of a few I've seen. I've made several in an attempt to get the flavours just right to meet the approval of our 'clean little tummies'. This one contains good, slow-release energy from the combination of wholemeal flour, rye flour and oats. The sweetness comes from the raisins and dates, but really any combination of dried fruit or nuts works perfectly. Decide which flavours work best for the tastebuds of you and your family.
Here's to a happy, clean breakfast!
Caroline & the clean little tummies clan x
250g wholemeal flour
100g rye flour
100g dried fruit/nuts
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
Any spices such as cinnamon or mixed spice can be added for extra flavour
So what do you do?
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius.
Weigh out the dry ingredients into a bowl: I use my kitchen aid for mixing with the dough arm (it's just that bit quicker and the bowl goes into the dishwasher afterwards! Lazy Mummy!) but by hand is simple too.
Add the egg, the buttermilk and the dried fruit/nut combination, and knead into a nice round ball of dough.
Shape the dough into a flat ball around 2-3 cm deep. Place onto a greased baking tray. Use a knife to make a cross on the top. Pop into the oven for 40-45 minutes until nicely browned on top. It should sound hollow when you tap on the bottom of the loaf.
Leave to cool on a cooling rack, slice and enjoy with some butter or maybe some raspberry chia jam! A perfect start to the day! Oh and a happy mummy I know may have just had some for lunch...