Tuesdays with Dorie: Irish Soda Bread

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.

Yeah, that weird stripe? I’m guessing it’s bits of buttermilk not mixed in properly. Oh well..  Further into the loaf, it looked better…

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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46 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie: Irish Soda Bread

  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake March 20, 2012 at 07:13 #

    Mmmm I am imagining this toasted with lots of butter. Heavenly!

  2. jane March 20, 2012 at 08:15 #

    This wasn’t my favorite bread either.The texture was great and it looked nice but the flavor was lacking.It probably tasted better with honey.

  3. Cher March 20, 2012 at 08:18 #

    This was good…and easy. Which was a huge relief after the rugelach.
    It looks lovely – and the stripe adds an interesting visual effect 🙂

  4. Kathy March 20, 2012 at 10:41 #

    Looks beautiful! Such an easy recipe that produces such a lovely treat! I made two…one plain and one sweet loaf! Both wonderfully delicious!

  5. Liz March 20, 2012 at 11:04 #

    It looks perfect…and that stripe just gives your loaf character. Thank goodness for easy, foolproof recipes 🙂

  6. Stephanie March 20, 2012 at 12:12 #

    Yay for bread posts! That crumb looks all soft and delicious! I’ve never made soda bread before and I didn’t know that it doesn’t keep well.. makes for a good excuse to eat a bunch of bread at once

  7. Heather March 20, 2012 at 12:14 #

    Your loaf looks amazing! I absolutely love your photography.

  8. Steph@stephsbitebybite March 20, 2012 at 14:51 #

    I’ve never even tasted Irish Soda BRead before! Guess since this is so easy I might have to whip up a loaf and start the tea kettle!

  9. Heather March 20, 2012 at 15:46 #

    Your loaf is beautiful!

  10. Krissy March 20, 2012 at 16:26 #

    your bread looks lovely. I’m happy I decided on some changes for more flavor and texture. Your bread makes me think of honey or jam as a topping…it looks beautiful.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite March 23, 2012 at 21:19 #

      Yeah next time I make it I will try something different but for the first time, I am too novice a baker to try anything but the original recipe.

  11. Mary Hirsch March 20, 2012 at 16:35 #

    Mardi, I sorta thought the “wierd stripes” were interesting and wondered how you achieved that! But, that’s just me. What the Dorie/Julie is all about for me is polishing up the few baking techniques I had along with learning new ones. That’s happening obviously, for both of us. Mary

  12. Marina March 20, 2012 at 18:09 #

    This bread would be so good with my plum butter!

  13. Lynn March 20, 2012 at 21:22 #

    I like the stripe. : – ) I think soda bread really needs the dried fruit, though, even if it isn’t authentic.

  14. Paula March 20, 2012 at 21:37 #

    I think you and bread with be BEST FRIENDS before the end of the year you keep baking at this rate with the great results!

  15. Melissa March 20, 2012 at 23:53 #

    Beautiful. I’m also intrigued and think I need to experiment with damper. 🙂

  16. Teresa March 21, 2012 at 02:25 #

    The loaf looks great, weird stripe or no. I like the pratice we’ve been getting with bread, both in TwD and FFwD. I do have to say that I prefer brown soda bread to this white version, though.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite March 23, 2012 at 21:15 #

      Yes I have loved the recipes which kind of force me to face my fears! It’s much better working with others by my side when I am scared of a recipe!

  17. Kiri W. March 21, 2012 at 06:04 #

    Lovely! I appreciate a good soda bread, and yours looks so light!

  18. Kimmy @ Lighter and Local March 21, 2012 at 13:14 #

    I love baking bread, I just wish I could really get it right. 😉 Like you, I’m only at the beginning of my bread baking love affair, I hope by the end, I have that “feel”. I think it looks beautiful, and here’s the great thing about homemade bread – no matter what it looks like, it usually still tastes awesome!

  19. Margaret March 21, 2012 at 14:38 #

    I thought maybe you had added in something with that ‘weird’ stripe. It was almost too easy to be sooooo good. Mine was really wet, too, and sticky, but it came out just fine.

  20. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 21, 2012 at 17:05 #

    Lovely irish soda bread!

    SO bummed we didn’t get to meet at FBFOrl, hopeful we’ll cross path soon 🙂

  21. Daydreamer Desserts March 21, 2012 at 19:23 #

    It’s hard not to fall for a loaf you can whip up in no time, nice job Mardi!

  22. Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 21, 2012 at 23:22 #

    I think it looks like a good, hearty loaf of bread – stripe and all! 🙂 I love soda bread…

  23. Gretchen Noelle March 22, 2012 at 10:24 #

    Lovely looking loaf! Great job!

  24. cat March 23, 2012 at 14:37 #

    this looks like it would be a perfect toasting bread with butter and homemade jam!

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