Happy St. Patricks Day! In honor of today’s holiday, enjoy this traditional, delicious & easy recipe!
Flour, whole wheat, loosened 4 cups
Bread flour, sifted 1 cup
Rolled oats 1/3 cup
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Sugar 1 tablespoon
Salt 1 teaspoon
Buttermilk 2 ½ cups
Butter, cold, cut into cubes 4 ounces
Butter, melted, for brushing 1-2 ounces
1.Gather all the ingredients and equipment
2.Blend all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3.Add cold butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized pieces of fat form.
4.Gently mix in the buttermilk until a soft dough forms. Adjust with flour or buttermilk to correct the texture if necessary.
5.Turn onto a floured table and lightly knead gently 5 to 6 times. Cut into 3 equal pieces and form into round loaves about 1 inch thick.
6.Transfer to a parchment-lined ½ sheet pan and brush over dough with melted butter if a soft crust is desired. Slice an X into the surface.
7.Bake in a preheated conventional oven at 400°F (204°C) for 35 to 45 minutes, until a rich brown and the loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
8.Allow to cool about 20 minutes before cutting.
This bread is to be eaten shortly after baking. If it is to be eaten “a day old” it is best toasted. Good with stew or hot soup either way.