Jun 27, 2011

Oat Seeded Soda Bread

Oat Seeded Soda Bread

I think that we all find ourselves getting so busy that we put all sorts of things off till tomorrow, and then the next day, and then before you know it, a week has gone by and the thing you set out to do still isn’t done. That’s why I’m always trying to find and share homemade recipes that are delicious, easy, and fast! There’s a misconception that to make a homemade meal requires more time than you could possibly give up or that it’s cheaper to just go grab something quick from a restaurant. I remember coming home each night from school and talking to my mom while she put a homemade meal together after a long day of her own work and I thought I would never be able to do that! She used to say that for her, putting the meal together was a time to relax after a long day at the office, but it wasn’t until my work and school schedule got super busy that I truly understood what she meant. Most of the time we are able to put meals together that are much cheaper and much more delicious than anything we could get from a restaurant but on top of that there is just an added layer of comfort that you can’t get from anywhere but your own kitchen!

As wonderful as home, fresh cooking and baking is, I also know that we can’t always spend a whole evening in the kitchen trying to put something together. This bread is a perfect example of how you can put something delicious together with a little bit of time but you get so much more from it! I got the recipe from 101 cookbooks but it originally caught my eye with the mention to soda bread; one of my favorites! There is no yeast involved and very minimal kneading, which makes it one of the easiest breads to put together! I actually put the batter together, threw it in the oven in about 15 minutes and then I sat on the porch reading articles for school while my oven did all the grunt work! It was a great bargain for me!

Here are the few things you’ll need:


(Adapted from 101 Cookbooks. Makes 1 loaf of bread.)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 low-fat buttermilk
  • Poppy seeds and Sesame Seeds

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and greasing your bread loaf pan. The oat part of this bread is actually in the form of oat flour. You can buy this at the store but you can also do what I did and just put the two cups in a food processor and pulse until you have a fine powder of oats. Pour your oat flour into a large mixing bowl and add the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt.

Dry ingredients: oat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in your buttermilk. I just used a wooden spoon to mix everything together.

Dry ingredients and buttermilk combined.

If you find that things are still a little too dry, especially in the middle, just keep adding a touch of buttermilk until everything is completely combined and a bit moist. It’s almost like making the buttermilk biscuits. Once you have everything together, pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Brush the top with a little bit more buttermilk and then sprinkle on a combination of seeds. I only had poppy and sesame seeds but you could certainly use any combination that sounds good to you!

Bread ready for the oven!

Start baking the bread on the lower shelf in your oven and let it bake for 30 minutes. After that, shift the bread up a shelf and bake for another 20 minutes. If you bake it right away up top in the oven, you risk the top of the bread and the seeds getting burnt before the inside is baked through. But, after about 50 minutes, the top will be golden brown and it should be ready to take out!

Oat Seeded Soda Bread

Carefully remove the bread from the loaf pan and let it cool on a cooling rack for as long as you can resist cutting in and taking a taste. There is something incredibly irresistible about fresh baked bread! It’s so warm that butter just melts the instant it touches the bread and each bite you take melts in your mouth!

Oat Seeded Soda Bread

I was in need of something for breakfast so that’s why I decided to make this bread but it would great with dinners or a compliment to a lunch salad. I don’t think it really matters why or how you eat it, it’s just going to be delicious each time! Just five ingredients, a few minutes in the kitchen and before you even know it, you’re pulling freshly baked bread straight from your oven! It’s much better than any loaf you’ll find sitting on your grocery store shelf and it’s definitely not something you want to keep putting off till another day! For now, that’s oat seeded soda bread…in the shell of a nut!

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