Did I have anything I wanted to share today...besides cooking talk? I really did think so but my attention deficit problem has my mind wandering.....about lots of things with Christmas approaching. Ok, so...when I think of it I'll give you a holler.
Bread again. Trial and error.........this bread recipe was a challenge because the bread book has measurements for 1 pound loaves. My bread machine is for 1 1/2 to 2 pound loaves.
Irish Soda Bread
After the second rise, take a knife and quickly slash a cross in the top of the bread. It doesn’t enhance the quality of the bread, tastes just the same, but it was traditional to put the cross to scare the devil away. (In this case, it’s the devil who is baking the bread )
2 teaspoons or ½ packet of yeast
2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 TB sugar
2/3 teaspoon salt
1 TB butter
2/3 cups buttermilk
I added all this to my machine and used the dough setting. I don’t know what was going on with that bread machine last night but it started making an intermittent whining noise and it shook a little. As I wasn’t sure how the dough ought to look, I guess it turned out ok. After the dough cycle completed I shaped it into a loaf and baked at 375 F for 30 minutes. This morning I had a slice toasted with marmalade. It was good.
This particular bread machine book will be tossed into the bag going to the used book store. It’s difficult to figure out the measurement (sometimes) and I don’t have a 1/3 teaspoon measurer (something it calls for frequently in the recipes). The book is from 1995 and you know bread machines have come along way since then. Besides, there are so many bread recipes online so I can grab those as needed.
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