As a family, we are too busy as of late. Life is going way too fast for my comfort. I need it to slow down. At least for a weekend. As a result, I’ve been all about low fuss meals lately. Quick soups, easy pasta. You’d think that with our crazy schedule homemade bread would be out of the question. It’s not. Not when it’s soda bread. No kneading, no rising and minimal mixing. It’s a beautiful thing when you’re craving homemade bread and don’t have half a day to bake up a loaf.
This is almost a hands free kind of bread. The dry ingredients get a quick mix before adding in cold butter. I used the paddle attachment on my mixer to work the butter into the flour. With the mixer still going, the wet ingredients are poured into the bowl. The dough comes together in just a few minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a cutting board dusted with flour. It’s a pretty wet dough, so a pastry scraper comes in handy when rolling it into a ball. That’s it. No sweat induced kneading needed.
Now onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Cut an X into the top. At this point, you’re ready to bake. No rising time, no punching the dough down and waiting for a second rise. Your 45 minutes away from fresh, homemade bread. Serve with a hearty stew or with jam for a breakfast treat.
- 2 c whole wheat flour
- 2 c all purpose flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 1/2 t salt
- 2 T sugar
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 4 T cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 c buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the flours, sugar, oats, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix together.
- Add butter and mix until incorporated and resembles coarse meal.
- Combine the butter milk and egg in a liquid measuring cup. With mixer still running, pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. No more than 2-3 minutes. Take care to not over mix.
- Pour the dough onto a generously floured board and form into a round. The dough will be sticky. Place the round on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cut an X into the top. Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.