This is the perfect wholesome, hearty side to any meal. A simple whole-wheat bread made with oats and buttermilk, it's quick to make and oh-so-good. We've even got a tip for you to make your own buttermilk equivalent from regular milk and lemon juice! What's not to love? ;)
- 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups oatmeal (not quick cooking)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons honey or sugar
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). Combine everything but buttermilk in a large bowl and stir the ingredients with your hands. (If using honey, add to the buttermilk and mix just before adding to dry mixture.)
- Make a well in the dry mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Mix with your hands until the dough is just mixed. It will be wet and sticky.
- Shape the dough into a flat circle on your greased baking sheet (unless you are using a stone~no grease needed).
- With a knife, score a deep X in the top of the circle, widening it with the blade as you cut.
- Bake the bread until it is golden brown, about 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven. *Quick tip~ make two circles and bake for about 35 minutes.* Let cool a little before slicing. But if you are like us, we just go for it as soon as comes out of the oven!! ;) Makes a crusty, dense loaf or two.
Now, for the buttermilk cheat... ;)
I don't keep buttermilk on hand so I do this:
~ 1 cup buttermilk = 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (or vinegar!) and milk. To make 1 cup, let stand 5 minutes~
"Oh, when Irish eyes are smiling..." - yours will be too, once you take a bite of this fresh-baked, crusty bread spread with melting butter. Aye, 'tis a fair prospect noo, isn't it? ;)
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