Irish Soda Bread: Preheat
your oven to 400
degrees F (200 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Line
a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large
bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, oats (if using), baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the
center of the flour mixture and add most of the buttermilk. Using yours
hands, or a wooden spoon, mix (adding more buttermilk if necessary) until you
have a soft, and slightly sticky, dough.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and
dough into a 7 inch (18 cm) round. Place
the round on your prepared
baking sheet and then, with a sharp knife or clean kitchen scissors, cut a 1/4 inch
(.6 cm) deep "X" across the
top of the bread. Brush the surface of the bread with milk or cream (this helps
about 30 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into
the center of the bread comes out clean. You can also test that is fully baked
by tapping the bottom of the bread -
it should sound hollow. Remove from oven. This bread is wonderful when
served warm with butter and jam. It also makes great toast.
Makes one seven
inch (18 cm) round soda bread.
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