Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

By:
Community Classics .
Edited on Mar 11, 2004

Special for St. Patrick's Day, this is great as a snack, for breakfast or with an afternoon cup of tea...or even with your Irish stew. Beware, you do have to let it sit overnight (12 hours) so plan accordingly! Makes about 6 servings.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 cups buttermilk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Flour for dusting
1/2 teaspoon butter

Directions

In a mini-food processor, fitted with a metal blade, pulse the oatmeal until the meal is very fine.

Remove from the processor and turn into a mixing bowl.

Stir the buttermilk into the oats and cover with plastic wrap. Let the oatmeal steep in the buttermilk for 12 hours (overnight)

In a mixing bowl, sift the other ingredients together.

Stir in the steeped oatmeal and mix well. If the mixture is too wet add a little more flour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with the butter.

Lightly dust the work surface with some flour.

Turn the dough out onto the surface and knead the dough a couple of times to form a soft ball like shape.

Press the dough into a round about 2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife, make a criss-cross cut into the bread.

Place the bread in the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve the bread warm with butter.


Not a NESTLÉ®-tested recipe.


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