Date & Walnut Soda Bread Rolls
These simple Date & Walnut Soda Bread Rolls are delicious and can be made in around 30 minutes.
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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!