This whole kinda country aroma thang kinda hit me after we got off the plane from Italy last Summer.
We walked outside the airport back in Melbourne and I was like… “wowza! i can really smell that gumtreeish vibe… it tots Australia I’m smellin”
(call me crazy… I dunno… maybe I have sensitive smell?)
And as much as I was lovin’ being overseas, I realised how much I loved being on home soil … and I guess that Aussie smell! (I’m a lil bit of homebody you see)
Sooooo you can imagine my Aussie pride coming out when I was so kindly asked by Australian Wild to try out some of their superfoods.
Australian Wild is running a native foods social project, that helps to preserve Australian biodiversity and promotes healthy food choices.
Gotta love that Aussie goodness friends!
I was sent two lovely envelopes containing Wattleseed and Native Spice (now THAT is a beautiful Aussie aroma if you ever smelt some)
So for the first creation using Wattleseed (perfect for desserts and other delicious sweet things), I decided to bake it into the goodness of Soda Bread.
You see I was thinkin, I really wanna do some sort of Aussie food to tribute these gorgeous super foods, so first I though, yeah Damper sounds like a good way to go!
But then I was like, mmmmm Damper is only mega fun when your crowded round a fire on school camp (and accidentally burn the damper, but the inside seems to be perfectly cooked… I’ll take it)
So Soda Bread it was! I found it really encapsulated that whole bready, sconey and doughy vibe, and then was made better x10000 by the mega awesome Wattleseed. Plus it’s possibly the easiest bread you could ever make. Ever.
Allow me to lay it out;
– no knead
– no rising time
– no worries!
Plus we chuck in some sultanas and pecans for good measure, then accompany it all fresh out of the oven with Maple Butter.
(and it uses wholemeal flour, ya know, just to make you feel that much better for eating it 😛 )
Afternoon tea time life is pretty sweet with this bread by your side.
Especially when I was craving it all this afternoon, and kicking myself that I
a) polished off the whole loaf the other day
and b) used up all the Wattleseed to make some more…. I guess I’ll just have to pop off to Australian Wild and grab some more… I’m already pumped! (and so is the fam, a.k.a. the other soda bread consumers who, like me, where craving it all this afternoon).
Time for the recipe?
I tink so!
WATTLESEED, SULTANA & PECAN SODA BREAD WITH MAPLE BUTTER
recipe adapted from taste.com.au
4 cups wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoon wattleseed
1/2 cup sultanas
1 cup roughly chopped pecans
60g butter, cubed
2-2 1/4 cups buttermilk
raw sugar to top
250g butter, softened
1/2 cup maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a tray with baking paper.
2. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl. Add the wattleseed, sultanas and pecans.
3. Rub in butter. Mix in 2-2 1/4 cups buttermilk to form a dough.
4. Bring together on a floured surface to form a ball. Shape dough into a 20cm round. Place on the tray. Cut a cross in the top. Dust some extra flour over the top, as well as some raw sugar if you want for an extra crispy top.
5. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and sounding hollow when tapped.
6. Serve with maple butter and extra maple on top if your in the mood.
1. Mix butter and maple syrup with electric mixer until blended fully and mixed together to look like butter.So, if your in the zone for a taste (and even smell!) of Australia, head on over to Australian Wild to grab some Wattleseed and browse their awesome website for all things embracing Australian goodness!
P.S. I will be posting a recipe soon using the Native Spice I got from Australian Wild – stay tuned!