Easy peasy lemon squeezy. And John wanted to buy a loaf at Harris Teeter…
St. Patty’s Day found me in a rush – to the parade in the morning, a soccer game, an Irish dance performance at a nursing home, and a casual dinner (cooked by moi) for friends. Not sure why I thought it would be a laid-back Saturday!
Thank goodness I had watched the actual Julia Child video for making the bread that someone posted on the P & Q for this recipe. I knew that if I could watch a chef do it in under three minutes, it was something I could handle. In between a sauce and beating egg whites for chocolate souffles, I made my Irish soda bread.
While a plain loaf is more traditionally Irish, I added a cup’o raisins and a tablespoon of caraway seeds for oomph. After I added the buttermilk, the dough still seemed flour-y. Until of course I turned it out for a quick knead, then it became a sticky mess. “John, get the flour!”, I screamed like a doctor in an ER asking for paddles. A sprinkling on my hands did the trick – the dough came together and I slashed a cross in the goo.
A subtle aroma wafted through the house, perfect when you’re expecting guests. I served the bread with some real Irish butter – a treat! And everyone, kids alike, seemed to enjoy it. It was the perfect opening to a menu of molasses coffee marinated pork chops, colcannon, and plenty of Guinness.
The Irish soda bread was so easy and forgiving – unlike my souffles which rose and fell before they were served!