Super Simple Oatmeal Soda Bread
2 cwhole oats (or kamut flakes work very well too)
2 1/4 call purpose flour
1 3/4 tspbaking soda
1 1/4 tspfine grain sea salt
1 3/4 cbuttermilk (plus 2 tbsp for brushing)
2 Tbspmixed seeds - seseme, caraway & poppy
How to Make Super Simple Oatmeal Soda Bread
- 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.