Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Muesli Soda Bread





Sorting out my mom's old recipes this summer, I came across this recipe for muesli soda bread, quick loaf that uses whole wheat like my standard soda bread but also uses oats for a different flavour and texture. This soda bread is somewhere between soda bread and scone, in it's appearance. It is shaped into a round loaf and scored in an "x" shape rather than being baked in a pan. it is also sprinkled with oats and sesame seeds before baking . This bread is great as part of a ploughman's lunch served with sharp cheeses and grapes.


The loaf shape is nice because you can slice a thick wedge of this homey bread and douse it with honey and butter for breakfast. the oats add a nice richer flavour to it . I think this recipe will soon replace my usual recipe as it has a softer crust and it is certainly prettier.



Muesli Soda Bread

Makes 1 loaf, approx 20 slices

Dairy

Time: approx 2 hours, including baking time

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-3/4 cups buttermilk

Topping:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon each rolled oats, wheat germ, oat bran, and sesame seeds

    1. In bowl, combine whole wheat and all-purpose flours, rolled oats, baking powder, soda and salt; Stir in raisins. Add oil to buttermilk; pour into flour mixture and stir to make soft dough.
    2. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead about 10 times or until smooth.
    3. Place on a greased or lined baking sheet; pat into a circle about 2-1/2 inches thick. Cut large shallow “X” on top.
    4. Topping: brush egg white over dough. Combine rolled oats, wheat germ, bran and sesame seeds; sprinkle over dough. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 65-70 minutes or until tester inserted in middle comes out clean.

Source: unknown, probably an old Canadian Living magazine…..

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