Wholemeal & Oat Soda Bread for a Tea Party

My first (and I feared, last) attempt ended in the bin – very seldom have I faced culinary defeat so complete that no one could/would eat it. But when I spied Del’s delicious bake on CurlsnSkirls, my soda bread fire reignited.

A recipe came my way almost a month later, calling for wholemeal flour & rolled oats. I decided this was the time. And so glad I am that I tried it – everyone pronounced it a great success!

Bringing this recipe, adapted from theGuardian.com to The Virtual Tea Party hosted by Su at zimmerbitch.

  • 450g wholemeal flour (used Bobs Red Mill Stoneground Wholewheat flour)
  • 50g rolled oats (used Bobs Red Mill Rolled 5-Grain Cereal)
  • 8g salt
  • 1 level tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 450 ml buttermilk (I add 1 Tbsp lemon to whole milk)
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter + 1/2 Tbsp honey (for brushing over baked loaf)
  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C
  2. Line or grease a baking sheet.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.
  4. Make a well in the middle and add honey, buttermilk.
  5. Stir until you have soft, sticky dough. Do not overmix.
  6. Form a mound onto the baking sheet. Cut a deep cross on top of the dough with a knife.
  7. Bake for 45-50min, until the crust is golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  8. Brush with melted butter & honey while still hot.
  9. Leave to cool slightly before eating.

May I offer you this song as you enjoy your tea? Older Daughter & I contributed our voices to this virtual choir. Keep well & thank you again for this table to gather around!

27 Replies to “Wholemeal & Oat Soda Bread for a Tea Party”

  1. Mmmm homemade bread. Nothing beats it! Glad you didn’t give up and got it right! The video was really lovely and moving. The topic of “home” always hits close to the heart, and I think it’s a theme on all our minds lately. (Maybe not always recalled fondly for those quarantined home.) But I know “home” has been on my mind a lot lately as an expat. Thank you for sharing ❤

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    1. My delayed second attempts have given me good results – not only for soda bread, but also for bagels. I typically only bake breads I cannot find in the store (or if they are really expensive!

      Ah! You live in Seoul as an expat? Many of my family live not in Singapore. With the current situation, even with tech communications, it just seems like the world has gotten much bigger again.

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  2. The choir is great! Such a nice idea. Doesn’t singing make you feel good? I must look at Su’s link too 🙂 🙂 I’m not a cook but this does look exceptionally good. Many thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Jo, glad you stopped by.

      Yes, singing lifts the spirits greatly! and practicing and making the recording for the virtual choir gave us some structure and a goal – these are helpful too.

      Now we are crotcheting straps for fastening masks around the head for a charity distributing them in Singapore. It is good to use our hands for something useful.

      Stay well, Jo!

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  3. This bread looks delicious Ju-Lyn and the virtual choir is so beautiful! It’s so lovely to know you and your older daughter took part in this and we hope you and your family will stay safe and healthy 💜 xxx

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and having a listen, Xenia. It was good fun practicing and making the recording – the final product floored me and I was quite moved.

      Hope you all had a good weekend. Stay safe. Enjoy your walks with Eivor & Pearl in the week ahead!

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