Italy, coffee and mascarpone cheese go hand in hand – that’s always my first thought whenever I think of Italian cuisine and culture. I’m not a huge coffee lover though, I don’t drink it unless I’m in immediate need of an energy boost, but I love its aroma early in the morning and its flavor in desserts. And I love mascarpone cheese as well – the kind of love that gets close to addiction sometimes. Therefore when I was asked to come up with an Italian inspired dish, Tiramisu was my first thought. But since I like thinking outside of the box, I took the basic idea of a Tiramisu and elevated it to the next level.
I love making this gluten-free chia soda bread because it is simple to prepare, healthy, dairy-free and there is no yeast or kneading. I have added chia seeds because they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium, and 1-ounce, serving of chia seeds also contains 5.6 grams of protein. Soda bread is best when eaten fresh, but toasting a slice or making garlic bread the next day makes this bread a winner!