Rustic Irish Soda Bread

Preheat your oven to 450° F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, except for the oats.  Combine 1 cup of buttermilk and shortening in a bowl.  Stir the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients, mixing slowly.  Add oats and mix just until combined.

Knead the dough briefly on a floured work surface.  Form into a round shape.  Transfer to a greased baking sheet.  Make a cross on the top with the dull side of a knife edge.

Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce temperature to 375° F.  Bake until brown and firm, about 45 minutes more.  Let cool at least 20 minutes before slicing.

 

Ingredients:

3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons shortening
1/3 cup rolled oats

 

Number of servings: 12

Cooking time: 55 minutes