Date & Walnut Soda Bread Rolls
These simple Date & Walnut Soda Bread Rolls are delicious and can be made in around 30 minutes.
Makes: 8 rolls
  • 275 g (9½ oz) plain flour
  • 200 g (7 oz) wholemeal bread flour
  • 250 g (8 fl oz) buttermilk
  • 175 g (6 oz) pitted dates, chopped
  • 75 g (3 oz) walnut pieces
  • 50 g (2 oz) melted butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F fan oven, 220°C/430°F conventional oven.
  2. Mix the flours, salt, baking soda, dates and walnut pieces in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg, melted butter and buttermilk. Mix briskly with a wooden spoon.
  4. Knead the dough for about 1 minute in the bowl to ensure it is well mixed.
  5. Flour a surface and turn the dough out. Split the dough into 8 roughly-equal pieces.
  6. For each piece of dough, roll it into a ball and flatten slightly. Place on a lightly-greased baking tray.
  7. Before baking cut a cross into the top of each of the rolls about one-third of the depth of the roll.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes then place on a wire rack to cool.
Instead of buttermilk you can use a 50:50 mixture of milk and plain yoghurt.

This dough can also be baked into a single loaf of bread. Make it into a round about 20 cm (8") across and cut a cross in the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

These rolls make excellent dinner rolls. All they need is cutting in half and spreading with butter!
Recipe by The Bread Kitchen at