Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TwD Irish Soda Bread Plain and Sweet

Still warm from the oven…I couldn’t help myself

This weeks pick for  Tuesdays with Dorie was Irish Soda Bread. This is a bread I’m very familiar with. I’ve been making it since my children were small. A friend of mine, who happened to be Irish gave me a recipe many years ago. It has been my “go to” recipe for soda bread all these years. It always comes out perfect! I really was a bit skeptical about trying a different recipe but hey, it’s Marion Cunningham’s recipe…a master baker!
This recipe was very basic. Flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. Mix all the dry ingredients together then add the buttermilk. Don’t overwork this dough or it will make the final product tough. That’s pretty much it! I made one just as written, and since I favor a slightly sweet soda bread, I made one with ¾ cup of sugar added to the dry ingredients along with raisins. Both of these loaves came out absolutely lovely. I guess I have a new recipe to add to my “go to” file.
I had made a wonderful Guinness beef stew for St. Patrick’s Day and served my plain loaf with it! Absolutely wonderful with plenty of butter and, for dipping it in the delicious gravy!
Thanks to our hostesses this week for Baking with Julia! Cathy of My Culinary Mission  made a lovely version with Gruyere cheese, and Carla of Chocolate Moosey made a more traditional bread. The recipes can be found on their blogs. Happy Tuesday!!
 
All the ingredients….flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk…don’t forget the raisins!


Ready for the oven

My sweet soda bread with raisins
Both of my lovely soda breads
This plain loaf was wonderful with my stew
This sweet bread was oh so yummy for breakfast or tea time!
Wonderfully moist and delicious!

26 comments:

  1. Sitting here having coffee wishing I had the slice of bread with butter to go with it. That picture is so life-like I can taste it! I'll have to try raisins or cranberries sometime soon.

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  2. Hi Kathy-just stopped by thru foodbuzz...buzzed you! Love, love, your beautiful and moist Irish soda bread. I would try a piece warm too:DDD
    The rustic crunchy outside is absolutely divine! I have never seen an Irish Soda Bread so inviting, like yours...seriously!

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  3. Wow your breads look wonderful. I love the rustic looks the raisins add to the look of the bread! Im glad you enjoyed! I loved this recipe..so quick and easy!

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  4. Both of your loaves look absolutely fantastic! :) Glad this worked out so well for you!

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  5. I am craving beef stew now :-) Your bread came out beautifully.

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  6. Beautiful breads...this would be a treat with a hearty beef stew, great ideas. And your loaves are much prettier than mine!

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  7. Same here. I immediately slathered a slice with butter myself. Great post!

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  8. Kathy, It wasn't epecially fair to post that first picture with the melted butter rolling off the bread. I could have eaten it right off the computer (well, not really). I liked the idea that you went sweet and savory. A good idea. Next time. Mary

    http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

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  9. Another bread lover! It looks delicious!

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  10. Your Bread looks Lovely ... !!! Great job !!!! I never thought baking a bread can get that easy !!!

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  11. Gorgeous loaves of Irish soda bread Kathy! I know sometimes it's hard to try a new recipe when you like the one that's tried and true;-)

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  12. beautiful breads. i think my kids would've liked it even more with sugar & raisins added. great work!!

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  13. Mmmm. Your breads turned out lovely. The warm butter melting is irresistible.

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  14. Your loaves look perfect, Kathy! I love that photo with the melting butter. It makes me wish I had some more bread to eat.

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  15. Wish you had email so I could follow you.

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  16. Gorgeous! I've never made soda bread... I'm very intrigued to try...

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  17. I had to sweeten my bread, too! Both your loaves look gorgeous, my friend!

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  18. Kathy both your breads look fantastic! I don't know which one to choose!

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  19. Looks lovely, Kathy! I completely spaced on this week's recipe! But based on everyone's great results, I'll have to try it soon! I like that you made 2 versions, too!

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  20. That bread is perfection. Tender, sweet just looking for a slather of butter or a spoonful of deep berry jam.

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  21. Nothing better than soda bread with Guinness Irish stew! Both your loaves turned out beautifully, Kathy.

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  22. Kathy, Your Irish Soda Bread looks soo delicious and moist. Great job:)

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  23. Enjoyed reading your blog; great photos too. I actually loved the Irish Soda Bread; next time I'll leave out the Craisins and make the traditional recipe.
    Check out my blog if you get a chance.

    Bon Appetit
    bygore.wordpress.com

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  24. I'm always a bit on the fence about Irish soda bread but this version sounds so delicious! Not dry at all!

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  25. Soda bread with raisins is so good! Looks like both of your loaves turned out well.

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  26. Your loaves look great! This is definitely a 'go-to' recipe for me too!

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