1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 egg white, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, making sure the rack is in the middle of the oven. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking continuously until golden, about 3-5 minutes. The minute you see little brown specks form at the bottom of the saucepan, remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl, combine flours, oats, salt, pepper, seasonings, baking soda and powder, brown sugar and garlic together. Pour in buttermilk and butter and stir with a fork to bring together.
3. Knead dough for a few minutes in the bowl, until dough is silky and no longer sticky. Form into a ball and press down. Place on an un-greased baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with additional seasonings and black pepper if desired. Cut an “x” into the top of the dough that is about a 1/2 inch deep.
4. Bake bread for 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the middle is set. Let cool for 30 minutes, then serve with butter. Serves 12.
Taste Test: Wholesome Husband was especially fond of this bread – he must have told me 5 times during dinner that he liked it. It was crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The herbs also gave it a wonderful flavor! I served it with Potato Leek Soup and it was delicious!