Because it contains no yeast, this dark quick bread takes only a minute to knead and does not require rising time. The dough will be sticky and wet as you knead it. The loaves brown quickly and may appear done before they really are.
2 cups fat-free buttermilk
1/2 cup regular oats
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist; stir in raisins. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough pulls together in a shaggy mass. Let rest 2 minutes.
Turn half of dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 1 minute with floured hands (dough will feel tacky); shape dough into a 6-inch round loaf. Place on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Make 3 diagonal cuts 1/4-inch deep across top of each loaf using a sharp knife.
Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375° (do not remove loaves from oven); bake an additional 15 minutes or until bottom of each loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
This was a very tasty recipe. Dough was very tacky when kneading, so I needed to put a lot of flour on my hands. I would also add more raisins when I make it again. I imagine if you like. I would also try to add different dried fruits to the loaf, maybe dried cranberries, dried cherries or dried currants.
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