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This simple, wholesome loaf is very quick and easy to make – and a delicious way to celebrate St Patricks day


2 1/3 cups whole-wheat flour, divided use

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup oat bran

2 teaspoons dark brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 3/4 cups buttermilk, divided use

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Heat oven to 400F.

In a bowl, stir together 2 1/4 cups of the whole-wheat flour, the all-purpose flour, rolled oats, oat bran, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. With a fork, stir in 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk and the melted butter. Add more buttermilk if needed, a little at a time, just until a soft dough forms.

Knead dough in the bowl until smooth, about 2 minutes. If dough is too wet, knead in up to 4 teaspoons whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon at a time.

Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Using a sharp knife, make 2 crisscross slashes on top of each loaf.

Bake loaves for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean and bottoms of loaves sound hollow when tapped.

Remove bread from baking sheet and place on a rack to cool.