Super Simple Oatmeal Soda Bread

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Whip these few simple ingredients together and you'll have fresh hot bread in under an hour! No yeast or rising involved. This is a dense chewy type of bread with a wonderful hard-like crunchy seeded crust. The caraway seeds (if you have it) gives it such a wonderful flavor. I've been having it for breakfast all week toated and slathered with butter and jam or honey. It's so easy and very good!

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2 c
whole oats (or kamut flakes work very well too)
2 1/4 c
all purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp
baking soda
1 1/4 tsp
fine grain sea salt
1 3/4 c
buttermilk (plus 2 tbsp for brushing)
2 Tbsp
mixed seeds - seseme, caraway & poppy

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 400' with rack in middle of oven.
Butter & line a 9x5x3 loaf pan w/parchment paper & set aside.
Grind oats in a processor, blender or vita-mixer into a fine powder (Once ground it may yeild slightly less than 2 cups). Or just use oat flour if you have it on hand. (I sometimes add 2-3 T. of raw sugar to the flour to add a slight sweetness to the bread. Do whatever you prefer.
Sift the flours, baking soda & salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the flour & pour in the buttermilk. Stir just until everything comes together in a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured counter top &b kneed for 30 seconds or so, just enough for the dough to come together into a cohesive slightly flattened ball w/out many cracks. If dough is on the dry side add a small splash of buttermilk.
Now ease dough evenly into prepared pan. Brush all over top & sides w/buttermilk & sprinkle generously w/mixed seeds. (I have also just sprinkled w/rolled oats when I was out of seeds & that was fine) But the seeds do give it a wonderful crunch & flavor.
Slice a few deep slashes across top of dough.
Bake for about 30 minutes ... then quickly raise rack to top level so top gets nice & toasted. Bake another 20 min's or until a hard crust forms & bread is baked through. (Should feel very hard & sound hollow when you knock on it).
Carefully lift out of pan & cool on wire rack.
Enjoy fresh from the oven w/slather of butter: )
PS .. This is such a flexible recipe. Feel free to make it your own by adding dried fruits, various seeds (pumpkin/flax, etc) and experimenting w/different flours, etc. All the variations I've tried on this have turned out good.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy