So, St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next week – hence the Chewy Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies earlier this week. Besides the random green cookie though, we don’t really do anything. The kids’ll wear something green to school I suppose, but that’s about it.
But….I happen to really love soda bread so I couldn’t let another year pass by without sharing my personal favourite version of it. I know it’s supposed to be baked in a cast iron pan, but I’m living in a temporary place right now with most of my dishes in storage and I don’t have one here. I know you’re supposed to put currants in soda bread. But I don’t really like them in it, so I didn’t.
Yeah. Not really a traditional soda bread recipe that I’m sharing I suppose. But it tastes fantastic and that’s all that really matters I think.
Full of whole wheat (or multigrain) flour and oats, this bread takes less time to mix up then it takes to heat up the oven. Served warm with lots of butter, it’s the perfect answer to the “what should I serve with supper?” question. Because I’m sure I can’t be the only one asking that question almost every night.
Whether you need something for St. Patrick’s Day, or just need a quick and easy side for supper tonight, this whole wheat soda bread is amazing.
And…it’s also fantastic with butter and jam for breakfast. Just saying.
- 1½ cups whole wheat flour (or multigrain)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (plus 1 tablespoon melted for brushing the baked bread)
- 1¾ cups buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a large bowl, combine the flours, oats, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add the 2 tablespoons of softened butter and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingers until it is well combined. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk. Stir until it is just combined, it will be sticky and uneven.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently pat it into an 8 inch round with floured hands. Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet and cut a ¾ inch deep cross into the top of the loaf with a very sharp knife. Bake the loaf for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Brush the baked soda bread with the 1 tablespoon of melted butter and transfer it to a wire rack to cool. Allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into it. Serve warm.
Source: Adapted from The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book.