Mar 11

Irish Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread // Twist on the Classic Soda Bread Recipe

Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread -- this soda bread recipe is slightly sweet and nutty, with a dense texture that's the perfect pairing for a creamy, slathering of butter. Try it as a meal side or as breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Updated from the archives -- originally posted in March 2012

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 my hand at a good Irish soda bread for awhile.

Several years ago, on a visit to Washington D.C., I had the most wonderful walnut oatmeal soda bread at a quaint little restaurant near the Capitol Building. I've always wanted to recreate it, but tracking down a recipe proved to be quite the challenge.

So when I stumbled across a recipe from The Boston Globe that sounded like it could be similar, I immediately added some buttermilk to my grocery shopping list to give it a try. And I'm happy to say it does not disappoint! Slightly sweet and nutty, with a dense texture that's the perfect pairing for a creamy, slathering of butter, it works well as a meal side or as breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread -- this soda bread recipe is slightly sweet and nutty, with a dense texture that's the perfect pairing for a creamy, slathering of butter. Try it as a meal side or as breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

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.

Be sure to note that you only soak part of the oatmeal -- soaking it all is a surefire way to derail this recipe from the start.

Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread -- this soda bread recipe is slightly sweet and nutty, with a dense texture that's the perfect pairing for a creamy, slathering of butter. Try it as a meal side or as breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

The dough is kneaded just until it comes together -- it will still be a bit bumpy, lumpy and shaggy. At this point, you can form it into a 6-inch round and slice a cross in the top of it. I love my silicone baking mat because it makes it so simple 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!

Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread -- this soda bread recipe is slightly sweet and nutty, with a dense texture that's the perfect pairing for a creamy, slathering of butter. Try it as a meal side or as breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

If you have the inclination, homemade butter is divine with this soda bread when it's warm, right out of the oven, but a sweet Irish butter, like Kerrygold, is also an excellent choice. My kids like to drizzle a touch of honey over the top. However you top it, it's definitely a recipe that you'll want to make beyond St. Patrick's Day!

Irish Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread

Prep Time: 70 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Irish Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
  • 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 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, for brushing

Instructions:

  1. Stir the buttermilk and 2 cups of the oatmeal together and set aside for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Whisk together all-purpose flour, cake flour, whole wheat flour, remaining 1/2 cup oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. Use your fingers to work in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Add oatmeal/buttermilk mixture and toasted walnuts to the flour mixture, 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 is still slightly bumpy. Kneading it until it's smooth will overwork the dough and make your bread tough.
  7. Form the dough into a 6-inch disc that is about 2 inches high. Using a serrated knife, cut an X in the top of the dough. If desired, brush with a bit of buttermilk and sprinkle additional oats on top.
  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 the melted butter. Allow the bread to cool before slicing.

http://unsophisticook.com/irish-soda-bread/

 
Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread -- this soda bread recipe is slightly sweet and nutty, with a dense texture that's the perfect pairing for a creamy, slathering of butter. Try it as a meal side or as breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

P.S. If you're looking for more St. Patrick's Day fun, this shamrock hairstyle for girls is totally cute and easy to replicate, and these Green Ombre Fruit Skewers are a super easy, fun and HEALTHY snack idea!

Walnut Oatmeal Soda Bread -- this soda bread recipe is slightly sweet and nutty, with a dense texture that's the perfect pairing for a creamy, slathering of butter. Try it as a meal side or as breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Walmart Moms Disclosure

by Tara | 6 comments

  • jessica

    when do you put in the walnuts?

  • 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. :)

  • 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

  • This soda bread looks fantastic. I can already taste it with my usual black coffee and butter.

Previous post:

Next post: