Tuesdays with Dorie: Irish Soda Bread

What a great recipe! When my mom heard I was making soda bread and NOT using her recipe, I think she was a bit hurt, but turns out, it was essentially her recipe. My version includes raisins (about a cup) and caraway seeds (just over a tablespoon). It came out perfectly and tasted just like hers….easy recipe, but some seriously sticky dough ;-)

This was my first time making it, which is surprising. My mother always made it around St. Patrick’s Day. I think the reason I have never made it is that St. Patrick’s Day is my wedding anniversary which usually takes priority!

Thanks to this weeks hosts-Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Cathleen of My Culinary Mission. The recipe can also be found in the book (which I highly recommend) Baking with Julia.

White Loaves: Tuesdays with Dorie

This post contains a lot of firsts…first blog, first blog post, and first time participating in Tuesdays with Dorie. I am really hoping to look back on this post in a few months and realize my food styling/photography has improved…a lot. It really is so much harder than it seems!

I loved this recipe, it was the perfect first post recipe. The directions were perfect and the result is a loaf of white bread with a chewy crust and soft, but dense, inside. I have baked bread before, not extensively, but never had a better result. I love that it made two loaves since one was gone in less than a day.  It is the perfect bread for toast, is great for a sandwich, or my favorite-plain, untoasted with Kerrygold butter.

Thanks to this weeks hosts, Laurie http://slush.wordpress.com/ and Jules http://someonekitchen.blogspot.com/. You can find the recipe on their blogs. Even better buy the book http://www.amazon.com/Baking-Julia-Savor-Americas-Bakers/dp/0688146570/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328639808&sr=8-1!

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