What’s more appropriate than something Irish for the month of March? This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Irish Soda Bread, was hosted by Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Cathleen of My Culinary Mission and was a perfect recipe for me to try out, hot on the heels of last month’s Tuesdays with Dorie (white loaves), my success with Australian Damper (basically soda bread) and peasant boule. Yeah, I seem to be on a bit of a bread mission!
There’s actually not much to say about this one. It was easy.
I did misjudge the amount of liquid needed – it was a warm, dry day when I made it – and only added in some more buttermilk when I realised as I was gently kneading that it wasn’t quite coming together as expected. No matter – I’m still new to this “know what looks and feels right” for bread so it’s all good.
And about 1/4 of the way into the loaf it had all but disappeared (see top picture). But a pretty good crumb and it was SO good toasted with butter and jam. I wrapped the still warm loaf in clingfilm because I knew that it might help keep it a little fresh so Neil could taste it later in the day (typically soda bread is rock hard by the end of the day) and it worked pretty well. He enjoyed a few slices with some soft brie and since he kept on eating it I am going to assume he liked it (that or he was starving!). It was even ok the next day, sliced very thinly and toasted with more butter than I would normally use
Would I make this again? Maybe. I really actually preferred the damper over this. But it’s all good. Me and bread, we’ll be friends by the end of this year.
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