Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Irish Soda Bread (TWD: BwJ)


The second March recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie group is Irish soda bread, chosen just in time for St. Paddy's Day. But March 17 came and went around here, and there were multiple grocery shopping trips after which I realized that I'd forgotten the buttermilk yet again, and I decided to pass on this one. The one and only time I made Irish soda bread was also the one and only time I'd ever tasted it, and I was not a fan. I think most of it ended up in the garbage.

But...when the first several posts started popping up this morning, everyone talked about how incredibly quick this recipe was, so I decided that if I was going to skip a recipe, this would probably be a pretty silly one to choose. The little girl and I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and picked up some buttermilk, and we were on our way. This truly was the easiest recipe ever: flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk, all stirred and kneaded and formed into a round. That's it. I made a half recipe, and decided at the last minute to go the traditional route and not use any of the extra add-ins. My little boule baked for 35 minutes (thanks, Nancy!) until it reached an internal temperature of 180ยบ.

The bread smelled amazing, and we didn't wait long to cut into it. Surprise, surprise, we loved it! How could four simple ingredients bake up into something so tasty? It was delicious as a pre-dinner snack with a little butter, and yummy (even if a little incongruous) with our dinner of chicken-sausage gumbo.

Please check out our hosts' blogs for the recipe (and to see their creative variations): Cathy of My Culinary Mission and Carla of Chocolate Moosey, and check out here to see the other TWDers' creations!


10 comments:

  1. I'm glad you didn't skip it. It looks fantastic!

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  2. Looks great! I kind of wish I had tried mine hot from the oven. I bet it would have been tastier.

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  3. Glad you liked it this time around. Its always nice to have something to nibble on while making dinner. I kept forgetting to pick up my buttermilk too and grabbed the last one on the shelf when I finally made it back to the store to get it. I don't know that I'd have liked it without add-ins. I only threw a half cup of currants into mine, but I think it adds alot to the bread.

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    1. It really was quick. Yours looks great!

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  4. I almost feel as though I'm getting away with something, this is so easy and so good!

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  5. Abby, I love the cragginess of your loaf. I was also so pleasantly surprised by this recipe and am looking forward to making it again. Have you ever made your own buttermilk? I never buy it anymore since I found out about this neat tip - just put one tablespoon of white or cider vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Stir. And in a couple of minutes you have buttermilk. It beats making a trip to the store!

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  6. What a gorgeous loaf! This was a quick, easy and delicious recipe.

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  7. This one was definitely too easy to skip. Very nice!

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  8. Looks great...you are so good with breads. Whenever I think of bread making, I think of you!

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