Soda Bread

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.

I am participating in BYOB!

Want to join in at BYOB? Check out the link above and enjoy!


Katerina said...

I have never tried soda bread Pierce, but your loaf tempts me to get in my kitchen and start to knead!

Jay said... the recipe n the flavors of it..:)

Tasty Appetite

Eliotseats said...

Where have I been? Under a rock? I just noticed the BYOB badge. Would've loved to participate but with only 10 days left in the year, I think I will focus on something else. I have never made soda bread but I will give it a try now. Too bad about your bread machine book. Bet you can find better recipes with Google.

Le laquet said...

Ah I see - aka Cumbria ... well of course! Duh!

Rita said...

It does look beautiful your soda bread. I really enjoy the taste of buttermilk in my bread.
I have a fantastic recipe that woudl make a good post. I really want to join this BYOB in January; I went to that blog and said I was interested but no answer or comment
You are turning out to be a real great Bread baker.

Pierce said...

Thanks all!!

The BYOB is being hosting by Girlichef for 2012 so it's not too late for anyone to join in.

Yep...Cumbria..... hearty folks! I don't think I could stand that sort of severe cold. Brrrrrrrr

Happy New year to you all!


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