You know what you should do with your weekend? If you've got an hour to spare, you should totally make this bread.
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, so get festive with soda bread! This is a fabulous bread for any time, but one (strong) serving suggestion: you must, you MUST eat this while it's still warm. With butter. It's just the right thing to do.
Easy, Hearty Oatmeal Soda Bread (adapted from Simply Recipes)
yields 1 loaf
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 1/4 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, stir the buttermilk and egg together. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk egg mixture. Gently fold the surrounding flour over the buttermilk until just combined. Do not over mix! The dough will be shaggy, and mine seemed very wet. Don't fret, it all works out in the end.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead one or two times only, and form into a mound shape. Spray a large cast iron skillet with cooking spray and place the dough in the center. (A greased baking sheet will also work if you don't have a cast iron skillet.) Cut a deep (about 1 1/2 inch deep) X into the top of the dough.
Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and cook for 25 more minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove bread from the skillet and let cool on the wire rack for about 15 more minutes. Enjoy immediately with butter. Or jam. Or honey. Or all of the above.