Monday, March 19, 2012

BWJ - Irish Soda Bread

This week in Baking with Julia we made Irish Soda Bread.  It came at a great time for St. Patty's week.  I watched an old video of Julia Child making this and it gave me what I thought were helpful insights on the preparation.

The dough was very easy to mix up and it was a nice soft dough to work with.  It said not to "overknead" or the bread would be chewy.  I did not mix in any add-ins as I wanted the traditional irish bread.

I cut the traditional crosses in the top of the bread before baking.  The cuts were supposed to be about 1 1/2 inches deep.

Apparently, my cuts went haywire in the oven because my dough spread so much when it was done it almost looked like it was in four sections.  This was one 'section' of it.

We enjoyed the bread.  It seemed to me to be like a giant biscuit.

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11 comments:

mireia badia said...

well even if it got separated it still looks great!

Flourchild said...

It looks wonderful and I agree with the big giant biscuit! Im glad you enjoyed this recipe!

Michelle Stiles said...

Your bread is beautiful and I agree it couldn't be an easier recipe to whip up. I added a few extra ingredients to mine and was incredibly pleased. Welcome to the group!

Dawn said...

Yum! The bread reminded me of the biscuits I make regularly too, just a super giant version! :)

pinkstripes said...

A giant biscuit. That's a good description!

Elaine said...

At least you were able to get cuts in yours, Peggy, and it saved you from having to cut it after it baked. My cuts all but disappeared. Your soda 'biscuit' looks wonderful.

Katie said...

A giant biscuit! Ooh! I'm a huge biscuit fan.

Cher Rockwell said...

This definitely was reminiscent of a biscuit - but easier!
Looks good.

Joanne said...

One of my favorites.

Gretchen Noelle said...

I think in the end I didn't cut mine deep enough. Definitely biscuit-y!

Kayte said...

I had never thought of that before, but you are right, Irish Soda Bread does seem like a big biscuit!