Saint Brigid’s Oaten Bread – Irish Recipes

Saint Brigid is traditionally honored by leaving a bread for her on the windowsill. And, on Saint Brigid’s Day, the whole family will also share bread in honor of the saint. Bake this oaten bread a few days before February 1st to be ready.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter (small flakes)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, 220 degrees Celsius.
  • Grease a baking sheet.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  • Add butter flakes, cutting them in with a knife until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  • Add oats and mix well.
  • Beat the egg with the buttermilk in a separate bowl.
  • Make a “well” in the dry ingredients, then pour in the egg mixture and mix all with a fork until the crumbs hold together.
  • Form the dough into a ball and knead (on a floured surface). Add flour if the mass is still too sticky to work with.
  • Form the dough ball into a round bread and place it on the baking sheet.
  • Score a cross into the bread (do not cut through).
  • Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes, the bread should be medium brown.

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