We had this tasty bread with cheesy vegetable soup tonight at supper. Try it soon. It is easy, flavorful, delicious. And it doesn't require yeast, for those of you who are yeast-averse. Because it is a soda bread instead, its texture is denser and chewier (the oats and whole wheat flour also contribute to this).
I found the recipe on How Sweet it Is. Everything I've tried from her site as been delicious, and this was certainly no exception.
Brown Butter Whole Wheat Soda Bread
1/4 c. butter (1/2 stick)
2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 TB brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. black pepper (use freshly ground if you can)
1 3/4 c. buttermilk
1 egg white, beaten
Have you ever browned butter before? It's really easy. And, it's the first step. Just take a small saucepan and put the butter in it and place it over medium heat. Whisk constantly as it melts (it will foam and the foam will subside). As soon as you see brown specks in the butter, take it off the heat. (And I even go ahead and take it out of the saucepan so that it doesn't get too brown). Set that aside.
Now, mix together the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and seasonings. Add the butter and buttermilk. Stir together with a fork. Then, turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough comes together (a few minutes).
Divide dough in half, form into rounds, and place 6 inches (mine was more like 4) apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush the top with the beaten egg white. Then, cut an X in the top of each about 1/2 inch deep.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes before eating.
It smells incredible while it's baking!