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Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

Add oats to this traditional Irish soda bread recipe for a heartier version with extra crunch. Food blogger Jenna Weber explains why this bread is great for beginners in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.


Yield: 1 loaf


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats {plus more for sprinkling}
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp cold butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ cups well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, sugar and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until no more large clumps exist.
  3. Combine the lightly beaten egg with the buttermilk. Pour into dry ingredients and mix. Dough will be wet!
  4. Using wet hands, form a large shaggy ball of dough and place on a parchment paper lined sheet tray. Cut an “x” in the center of the loaf with a knife and sprinkle oats on top.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
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