Mar 17

Irish Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

We've been eating a lot of homemade bread around here lately, mainly the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes variety because it's so darn easy, but I've been wanting to try a good Irish soda bread for awhile.

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So when I stumbled across this Irish Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread from The Boston Globe, I immediately added some buttermilk to my grocery shopping list.

Traditional Irish soda bread recipes call for only four ingredients: flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. While this recipe has a few additional ingredients, it still comes together fairly quickly once you've soaked the oatmeal in the buttermilk.

The dough is kneaded just until it comes together while still a bit bumpy and is then formed into a 6-inch round. I love this pastry mat from Chef's Catalog because it makes it so easy to gauge the size of your dough, and nothing sticks to it!

Your bread can be baked on a baking sheet, or you can choose to bake it in a cast iron skillet, which is the method I choose. Just be careful of that hot handle when removing it from the oven!

Slathered with some homemade butter, this is delicious warm, right out of the oven, and my kids chose to chow down on it drizzled with a touch of honey over the top.

Irish Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Irish Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread


  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shapring
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, for brushing


  1. Stir buttermilk and oatmeal together and refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Whisk together all-purpose flour, cake flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. Use fingers to work in 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Add oatmeal/buttermilk mixture and toasted walnuts, and stir with a fork until combined. You may need use your hands to work it all together.
  6. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface or pastry mat just until the mixture comes together but it still slightly bumpy. Overworking it will make the dough tough.
  7. Form the dough into a 6-inch disc that is about 2 inches high. Using a paring knife, cut an X in the top of the dough.
  8. Bake in a cast iron pan or on a parchment-covered baking sheet for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the bread starts to brown too much, a piece of foil tented over the top will prevent further browning.
  9. After removing the bread from the oven, brush the top with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.

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by Tara | 5 comments

  • jessica

    when do you put in the walnuts?

  • Tara @ Unsophisticook

    Oops, I guess I left that out! Add them when you add the oatmeal/buttermilk mixture. I'll edit the recipe now -- thanks!

  • jessica

    Thanks for the clarification. I made it to go with our supper this evening and it was fantastic! My husband usually likes bread that it light and fluffy, but he's asked that I make it again. Score! I guess this was in the middle of the night for you since we're in South Korea. :)

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    That looks super delicious! I love walnuts and I think they are a great addition!

  • munchy

    that bread looks sooo good i can taste it

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