This Irish home cook’s recipe makes an especially easy, moist and nutty-tasting loaf, thanks to oats and ground flaxseed.
Be sure to use regular yogurt — not the thicker Greek kind — and quick-cooking oats rather than regular rolled ones. For a sweet-leaning variation, add 3/4 cup of halved dried figs. Jan O’Halloran also likes to add a little ground turmeric and cracked black pepper to her loaves. This is a base recipe that takes well to experimentation.
Serve with salted butter.
Butter, for greasing the parchment paper
2cupsplain whole-milk or low-fat yogurt (do not use Greek yogurt)
2tablespoonsflaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)
1large egg, beaten
1poundquick-cooking or instant oats (do not use regular rolled oats or individual packets of instant oats)
1⁄4cupwhole or low-fat milk
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan (metal or glass) with buttered parchment paper.
Combine the yogurt and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Stir gently — small bubbles should begin to form and the mixture should fizz a bit. Add the flaxseed meal, beaten egg and salt, folding very gently from the edges toward the center.
Fold in half of the oats, then add the rest of the oats, and finally the milk, stirring to form a slightly sticky, dense dough. Transfer to the loaf pan and smooth out the top and sides, making sure the dough is sitting as evenly as possible.
Use the tip of a sharp knife to make a shallow slit lengthwise down the center, beginning and ending about an inch from the edges of the loaf pan. Bake (middle rack) for 1 hour, until the top is a deep golden brown.
Carefully remove the loaf from the pan and discard the parchment paper. Then, put a sheet of aluminum foil onto the oven rack, and place the bread on it, upside down. Bake for 10 minutes, until all the sides are a uniform, rich shade of brown.
Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely, right side up; it will seem quite moist, but will firm up as it cools. Cool completely before serving (with salted butter) or storing.
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Calories: 270; Total Fat: 6 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 30 mg; Sodium: 520 mg; Carbohydrates: 44 g; Dietary Fiber: 6 g; Sugars: 5 g; Protein: 11 g.