Tuesday, March 20, 2012

{TWD:BWJ} Irish Soda Bread

It is Tuesday and you know what that means...another delicious recipe from Baking with Julia.The contributing baker for this recipe was Marion Cunningham...which make me think of happy days. :)This recipe happens to be one of the easiest bread recipes I have ever seen. There are 4 ingredients and you barely have to knead the bread.

This is Irish Soda Bread. Basically you throw together the 4 ingredients, shape the dough into a ball, cut an x in the top and toss it in the oven. Dorie says that you need to eat it that day though because it will turn "hard as a blarney stone". There was no worry about that happening in my house of bread lovers though.

 Lots of bakers got quite creative with what they added into this bread. I did not add anything but I did make Carrabbas Italian Butter to dip it in. My hubs and my kids raved about this bread so I know I will definitely be making it again in the near future. One of the ingredients included buttermilk which I never have on hand. When I do it usually goes bad. However, this time I used the rest to make the Buttermilk Spice Muffins from the book. A slight spoiler for when we actually get to that recipe....they taste just like Mimi's Cafe Buttermilk Spice muffins! Those were devoured by my family as well. :)
I know this is Irish Soda Bread but it worked really well with our Italian themed dinner. :) To get the recipe for this bread you can buy the book, Baking with Julia, and join in the baking fun. Or you can visit our two hosts who have the recipe on their blogs. Check out Cathy of My Culinary Mission or Carla of Chocolate Moosey. Happy baking!! :)

13 comments:

Flourchild said...

Wasn't this a fun quick recipe? Im glad you enjoyed it, your bread looks gret!

margaret said...

Love your pictures!

Heather said...

I didn't add anything to my loaf either - great as is!

Kathy said...

Such a lovely loaf! I’m sure it went very well with your Italian themed dinner! Nicely done!

Karen @ SoupAddict said...

Your bread is the kind that you just want to rip into and two-fist it (you know, one big chunk in each hand). ;)

Julia said...

Your bread looks great. I wish I still had some of mine leftover.

Wendy (pinkstripes) said...

I loved the ease of this recipe!

Cathy said...

I usually end up throwing out the extra buttermilk which I hate doing. This bread was so good I made another loaf and was able to use it all up. This is one I'll come back to when I get that fresh bread craving and have no time for yeasted breads!

mireia badia said...

Love the bread and the italian dinner :) great mix!

Saira said...

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

Elaine said...

Your bread looks so lovely, Karen! That Italian butter sounds so delicious.

Jodie said...

Looks great. It was a hit at our house, too!

Cher Rockwell said...

Glad I am not the only one who things of Happy Days when her name comes up. I feel a little bit less irreverent...
Your bread came out beautifully.