Oat Soda Bread, as requested

The original recipe is from http://www.101cookbooks.com.

Oatmeal Soda Bread

Butter (to grease pan)
2 cup rolled oats
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting and kneading
1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups buttermilk, plus more if needed, and 2T. for brushing
mixed seeds – sesame, caraway, poppy, etc.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter and lightly flour a baking sheet; Set aside.

Use a food processor to grind the rolled oats into a fine, almost powdery flour. (Careful about breathing it in. My best friend inhaled it and walked away choking while I snickered.) Mix the oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pour in the buttermilk. Stir until it is blended into a nice dough. Turn it onto a floured countertop and knead until it’s a dough without cracks. If your dough is too dry add more buttermilk, if it’s too tacky, add more flour. Round it into a nice ball, and give it a few pats so it’s all even (and it feels proud it’s your bread)

Brush it with buttermilk, then sprinkle seeds on top. (If you don’t have a dog who is happy to eat all the seeds you spill, pour carefully). With a knife, cut a few decorative slashes on the top. Bake for 40-50 minutes. It should sound hollow. (My friends dad yelled at us to check the door cause someone was knocking. Very amusing.) Let it cook on a wire rack, or eat it hot with melted butter-but don’t burn yourself!

Enjoy!

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