Honey Oat Crust Brown Irish Soda Bread

Fresh from the Oven!
It's almost St. Patrick's Day!!!
Thank you http://www.ourgrandmotherskitchens.com for the inspiration for this recipe!!


Ingredients:

3 3/4 cups wheat flour [I used White Wheat]
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 -1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt [leave out if using salted butter]
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) sweet butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup dried fruit: cranberries, cherries, raisons, currants, blueberries [I used dried cherries AND Blueberries-YUM!!]
2 cups buttermilk
1 egg

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

In a bowl combine the flour,  sugar,  baking soda, and salt. Cut or rub in the butter.

In a separate bowl or measuring cup whisk together the buttermilk and the egg. Stir this mixture into the flour just until combined. Then stir in the dried fruit.

Divide the dough into two clumps (they will be very sticky) and knead each one briefly on a lightly floured surface until they hold together as balls. Place them on the prepared sheet. Slice an X in the top of each ball with a floured knife. Drizzle generously with honey [1-2 TB] and sprinkle each with about 1 TB oats.

Bake the bread at 375 for about 30-35 minutes, until it is golden brown [a little tricky to tell when using darker flour].
**When the bread is cooked, remove it from the tin and swaddle it in a clean dish towel or two.  This helps trap the steam from the cooling bread, and prevents the crust getting too hard.  Cool the loaf on a wire tray.**
Makes 2 small loaves.
*For a bit of extra goodness, I added another drizzle of honey after I pulled them out of the oven.*

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