|Ballymaloe Oatmeal Soda Bread|
This soda bread is quite different from any other I have made. Oatmeal is processed in a food processor until a fine crumb. It is then mixed in a bowl with buttermilk and left to steep overnight. The recipe has been on my radar, since I featured Darina in a post chronicling Gourmet Lives list of the 50 Women Game Changers. She was # 39 on the list. You can see my post on Darina here. I have been a fan ever since I traveled to Ireland, and read about Myrtle Allen’s Ballymaloe House. Unfortunately, I never got to visit there.
This bread is beautiful to look at, but it’s the taste that will get you! Completely different in texture than other soda breads I’ve made. This loaf is less cake like and more rustic. Just one bite, and you will be in Irish heaven.
|Slathered with some Irish butter…YUM!|
Because the oatmeal has to steep for at least 12 hours, plan ahead if you intend to make it. This loaf is so worth the wait.
Oatmeal Soda Bread
I found this recipe on the Food Network site. I changed the baking time to 30-40 minutes and increased the temp. to 400〫The original Ballymaloe Oatmeal Soda Bread can be found here.
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 cups buttermilk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
>Flour for dusting
1/2 teaspoon butter
In a mini-food processor, fitted with a metal blade, pulse the oatmeal until the meal is very fine. Remove from the processor and turn into a mixing bowl. Stir the buttermilk into the oats and cover with plastic wrap. Let the oatmeal steep in the buttermilk for 12 hours.
In a mixing bowl, sift the other ingredients together. Stir in the steeped oatmeal and mix well. If the mixture is too wet add a little more flour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with the butter.
Lightly dust the work surface with some flour. Turn the dough out onto the surface and knead the dough a couple of times to form a soft ball like shape. Press the dough into a round about 2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife, make a criss-cross cut into the bread. Place the bread in the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve the bread warm with butter.
|Oats…processed to a fine meal. Put them into a bowl, add the buttermilk and steep for at least 12 hours|
|This dough was a bit hard to knead together…it was very thick…I added a bit more buttermilk as I added the flour…knead the dough a few times and place into baking dish|
|Beautiful Oatmeal Soda Bread|
|A piece of Irish Heaven!|