March 13, 2013

Andrew Makes Irish Soda Bread

Hello friends! Oh what fun I have for you today. (?) Andrew got himself into the kitchen and made something. He is...how do you say...not a chef. He should have gone with our friend Aadip onto 'Worst Cooks in America'. It's not that he's BAD. I really have no clue whether he's bad in the kitchen or not because he just doesn't do much in the kitchen. We all have our talents and interests, you know. He's interested in food, just not food preparation. But every year, he does make one very awesome thing: Irish Soda Bread.

Andrew is about a quarter Irish, so basically you know, about as much as anyone else walking around probably. (I'm not a quarter Irish though. Maybe you're not either. Maybe I just made up a big nonsensical hypothesis about everyone being Irish.) But there IS a town somewhere in Ireland that bears his last name; someday we're going to go find it.

That's butter, my friend. One stick equals a 1/2 cup.

He felt compelled to clean the counter because he's not cool with my laissez-faire attitude towards germ removal.

Andrew cuts butter a little differently than I do. Mine comes out in nice little cubes. His looks like someone went to the butter with a machete. I guess it doesn't matter much. Just a little.

Soda bread has lots of buttermilky. And it stays fresh for only a day. You need to time this little rascal so that you can eat it right out of the oven. Let's not quarrel. Don't tell me that's not going to work for you. You must do it this way! You simply must! So you can have nice melty butter on top!

Our kiddo likes to help too. For about 5 seconds.

In not very much time at all, about 20-25 minutes for prep, and then about 50-60 minutes in the oven, you have this! Lovely, yes? Ours was done at 55 minutes.

Hey Andrew, how do you make this fine looking soda bread? "Go to Kraft.com and use their recipe."

Yep, that's what we do. I'm not going to write it all down here, because it's written down over there. The one thing we did differently this year is we used 1 cup of whole wheat flour in addition to the all purpose flour. I'm a big fan of adding some whole wheat flour, even a smidge, to baked goods. It adds depth, a rich taste I find absent in things made with only white all purpose flour. 

Whole wheat flour won't work well in everything, but we all agreed that this version was Andrew's best soda bread effort yet.

Bless his heart. He made a delicious edible thing in the kitchen AND let me blog about it! Very good fellow I married.

17 comments:

  1. I have a great love for Irish Soda Bread and this one looks particularly yummy. Well done Andrew!

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    1. it's really really simple. you should try it! like a giant biscuit basically :)

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  2. I'm thinking I've never had Irish Soda Bread? Not that I remember at least. I guess that proves I've got no Irish heritage. Well. Maybe we should try it out for the upcoming holiday. Why not?

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    1. I can't be without Irish Soda Bread now, at this time of year. Like I cannot be without Hot Cross Buns. Never had either one until I was over 30 and I looooooove them both :)

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  3. Adam now makes dinner once a week. His creations almost always include meat and he asks a lot of questions, but its a night I don't have to cook. I will take it! Not so bad for the man who has no idea how to sift and fold. ;-)

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    1. NICE!!!!!!!!!! Please tell Adam to call Andrew and tell him what he's been making. I've been trying to make the one-dinner-a-week thing happen for a decade. :) xoxoxo

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    2. It has been nice! Adam often uses recipes from Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way. Adam is kinda snobby about food. If he is gonna cook something, its gonna be from a famous person, even if he has no idea what alot of the instructions mean. The recipes are quick and pretty tasty. In fact, I am making his 30 minute cassoulet for dinner tonight. Its awesome with bread and a veg. ;-)

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    3. we have both of his Fast Food My Way books! need to trot those out more. have you seen his show? andrew loves it.

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  4. Never heard of this bread before!!! It does look very easy to make! Andrew cuts his butter like me LOL

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    1. ha ha, it all ends up in the same place! it's fabulous you should try it someday, or buy it someday, if time with a baby is in short supply :)

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  5. This looks delicious, and you captured some lovely photos of Andrew! Traditionally, Irish soda bread is very dry and consists of buttermilk, flour, baking soda, and salt. Although I like it with a big pot of potato soup...

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    1. this version isn't dry! maybe b/c of the stick of butter? unless you over cook it. but it does get stale fairly quickly. however it never lasts longer than a day around here anyway. :)

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    2. The butter would do it. :o) The first recipe I ever used, which claimed to be very authentic, used both butter and egg. You brushed egg over the round to give it a shiny golden crust. It was slightly less dry and very good. Then I found out that the egg and butter were added ingredients. ;o)

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  6. Looks delicious! How lovely when men do the cooking. :)

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    1. try! and if you do, let me know how you liked it. xo

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