foodie friday #4.

i truly thought spring was here but that thought quickly vanished when the temperature read -8 this morning. hours later and it’s still snowing. sigh. the only item on the agenda tonight was a skype date, so i finally had time to bake. together with homemade chili, the company of my roommate, and an episode of “felicity,” oat soda bread was the perfect end to a cold, dreary day.

Oat Soda Bread

butter
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting and kneading
1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
1 3/4 cups buttermilk, plus more if needed, and 2T for brushing
mixed seeds – sesame, caraway, poppy, etc.

Preheat the oven to 205°C with a rack in the middle of the oven. Butter and line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.

To make the oat flour, use a food processor to pulse the rolled oats a few times. Then process into a fine powder – another minute or two.Sift the flours, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the flour and pour in the buttermilk. Stir just until everything comes together into a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured countertop and knead for 30 seconds or so, just long enough for the dough to come together into a cohesive, slightly flattened ball without many cracks or fissures.

Brush all over the top and sides with buttermilk and sprinkle generously with mixed seeds or flour, 2 tablespoons or so. Slice a few deep slashes across the top of the dough. Bake for about 30 minutes, then quickly (without letting all the hot air out of the oven), move the rack and the bread up a level, so the top of the bread gets nice and toasted. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until a hard crust forms and the bread is baked through.

(sidenote: i made my own buttermilk and it worked great. for the seeds, i added pumpkin seeds, linfrø, and sesame seeds. we have a convection oven, so i just left the bread on the middle rack for 45 minutes, covering it with aluminum foil the last 15 minutes)

Makes one loaf.

Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 50 min

compliments of 101cookbooks.

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