Tuesday, March 20, 2012

BWJ - Irish Soda Bread



Today's Baking with Julia recipe is Irish Soda Bread.  Our hosts for this week, Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Cathleen of My Culinary Mission, will have the recipe, or buy the book.

This bread was as easy peasy - only 4 ingredients required, 5 if you add cranberries like I did.  I don't even buy buttermilk anymore - I read once that you add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk to make a buttermilk substitute so that is what I did for this bread.  I made only a quarter recipe because apparently this bread does not keep well.

The bread came out well - no rising time, quick to bake, and a soft, light interior:



I ate a piece warm out of the oven spread with fig jam - it was pretty damn fine, if I say so myself.

You can see what the other group bakers thought by visiting the LYL section of the BWJ website.

27 comments:

Flourchild said...

Yum..looks so good. Im baking mine right now!!

Cindy said...

I still have time to make this yummy loaf. Looks delicious.

Kate said...

Don't you just love that there were only four ingredients and it's so tasty? I halved my recipe, but that was sheerly out of necessity. I only had two cups of flour (oops)! Your bread looks great.

mireia badia said...

I should have added raisins...!

Jill said...

It looks lovely, and it was so easy! I buy buttermilk, use a little, and then throw out the rest :)

Mary Hirsch said...

Looks 'pretty damn fine' to me also. Cranberries!!! Only a lawyer, and, not an Irish lawyer, would be that creative. Next time I make it, I am going for the cranberries. Mary Hirsch

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

You read my mind! I just had some lovely soda bread for dinner last night (alas I didn't bake it though).

Cher Rockwell said...

I added cranberries too! Great minds think alike.
This was just so easy - which was a relief...

Elaine said...

Great job! I bet it was good with dried cranberries. I was so surprised at how easy and good this was. I also no longer make buttermilk because it is so easy to make it as you need it.

smarkies said...

Hahaha. And I thought that I was already being conservative when I halved the recipe - you quartered it!
Looks like it turned out great!

Kathy said...

Your loaf looks perfectly lovely…I love fig jam! A great combo!

Wendy (pinkstripes) said...

Your bread looks great! Next time I make it, I'm going to add dried cranberries (or whatever dried fruit I have in hand).

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Oooh, cranberries! Sounds wonderful! :)

Heather said...

Beautiful loaf! I definitely need to try some add-ins next time!

yummychunklet said...

Your loaf looks so pretty! Great post!

Karen @ SoupAddict said...

The picture of the sliced loaf looks so pretty!

Kris' Kitchen said...

Cranberries sound perfect...I also added some dried fruits and they were a great addition to this recipe.

Gretchen Noelle said...

I bet your quarter loaf was cute! And with fig jam - yum!

TeaLady said...

Almost too easy to be sooooo good. Buttery, soft.

Mine is still holding up well and made it three days ago.

Yours looks just right.

Johanna GGG said...

it is ages since I made soda bread - your photos are so lovely that I itching to make some

Julia said...

Looks great!

Amanda said...

I loved how easy this was too! Your loaf looks yummy!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

sounds good! i meant to add dried fruit to mine, too, but forgot...next time...

Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

Ohh yum! Love easy recipes :) i've never had Irish Soda bread before!!! I Can't wait to try thanks for sharing :D

Kayte said...

Looks great. This is the first year in my memory that I did not make Irish Soda Bread for March 17th...this should tell you the state of my mind right now...totally struggling to keep one foot in front of the other with worry about my son. I hope this changes soon as I am missing out on a lot of fun stuff. Yours is just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

ooh! fig jam!! love it!

Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

Lucas @ CoverVersions.tv said...

Four ingredients? No rising time? This may just end up as the second I'm-scared-to-make-proper-bread-bread-recipe.