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
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
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon each rolled oats, wheat germ, oat bran, and sesame seeds
- 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.
- Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead about 10 times or until smooth.
- Place on a greased or lined baking sheet; pat into a circle about 2-1/2 inches thick. Cut large shallow “X” on top.
- 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…..