Irish Soda Bread

Adapted from: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/irish-soda-bread-recipe

Quick and Easy Bread: No Kneading

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/4 cups Bread Flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 large egg

Combine, Flours Sugar and Baking Soda. Cut in Butter, making sure there are no large chunks incorporated into the flour mixture.
Flours

Butter

Yup I did it in 6 not 8 but oh well!

Add Buttermilk and egg, Everything should come together, should not be dry or have any extra. If its slightly dry add a tablespoon of liquid and combine.

Dough

Shape into a ball and add to a greased pan. I used a bread pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes

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Serve with the Lentil Soup from Previous Post: https://peskyapronstrings.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/lentil-vegetable-soup/

I didn’t add salt to my bread, because I was pairing it with the soup which had salt. I don’t tend to use a lot of salt, it far more healthier to omit those things.

Hope you enjoy the meal.

 

 

 

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Coffee Cake: For the Coffee Peeps

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Originally from THE OLD FARMERS EVERYDAY COOKBOOK ALMANAC:

I had never seen a recipe where that had you add the baking soda to the sour cream and allowing it to double in size. I thought I ought to try it

Okay and I know what some of you readers might be thinking. Sour cream in cake? Yes it’s true that lovely dollop of cream you add to your tacos or to a baked potato is also a great moisturizer for cake.

The Recipes is pretty Easy:

For the Filling:

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cake:

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup of butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

QUICK FIX: BRING ALL INGREDIENTS TO ROOM TEMPERATURE. IF THE FAT IS TOO COLD OR TOO HOT, IT WONT INCORPORATE ENOUGH AIR INTO THE BATTER FOR RISING.

 

In a separate bowl, mix the “filling” together. Preheat your oven to 350 , the recipe calls for a bread pan I used a bundt pan, greased and floured. Although using a bundt pan there is not a lot of batter to work with so keep that in mind.

In a small bowl stir sour cream and baking soda together, allowing it to increase in size. (5-10 minutes, its very noticeable)

Cream butter and sugar together, add egg, then add the sour cream mixture. Beat in flour and baking powder. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed.

(This is where I should say if you don’t have a mixer, then so many strokes such and such, but I really would have to look that up)

Pour half the batter in the pan, smoothing it out, add filling over the batter, then layer the rest of the batter over it.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, allow to cool for 10 minutes.

I made a simple icing and topped the icing with the remaining filling. It tastes yummy, but you can also leave it alone.

It’s a great little cake to have for meetings for friends over coffee or tea, hence the term coffee cake.

 

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

I didn’t show you a step by step. If you want one, I would be happy to do one.

I found the recipe off the box of Domino light brown sugar

Recipe

Although I didn’t have enough butter so I used half butter half margarine. I softened the butter before mixing it with the sugar. It’s a pretty straight forward Recipe.

It gets poured into a loaf pan.

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I pulled it out of my oven about 10 minutes early the hour wasn’t necessary.

See it’s so pretty.

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Whipped Mashed Potatoes and gravy

I Love mashed potatoes. I do not like fake potatoes. I firmly believe in using real potatoes to make mashed potatoes. I don’t knock those that choose to use instant mashed potatoes to accompany their meal. I find you get more for your money, better flavor and overall satisfaction with making mashed potatoes by scratch.

All you need for a basic mashed potato recipe:

Potatoes

Milk

Butter

Seasoning

Potatoes!

Potatoes!

Peel them or not. chop them into cubes

Peel them or not. chop them into cubes

Put in a pot fill the water over the potatoes.

Put in a pot fill the water over the potatoes.

Prep is easy as you see. No excuse why you can’t do this.

Bring to a boil allow to boil until potatoes are very tender. Pretty much looks almost like mush. (Less work if you let them get to the point where they fall apart)

Put in a mixer, or use hand mixer. If the potatoes arent completely mush then use a mashed to mash before mixing. Add Butter and Milk and spices.

Put in a mixer, or use hand mixer. If the potatoes arent completely mush then use a mashed to mash before mixing. Add Butter and Milk and spices.

Mix until its whipped.

Mix until its whipped.

See simple. Adjust seasoning as needed.

The gravy I didn’t take pictures, take a small pot, add butter, a little of the oil you fried the chicken in, flour and chicken broth.

In the small pot add butter, oil, on medium heat add flour, mix it in with the oil, will be a paste. turn to low temp add broth and whisk it. Will become thickened. Add water if you want it thin. Heat will thicken it quickly.

972969_10200742522541716_1102756931_n Lastly I did a Cobbler, one of the easiest recipes:

1 cup self rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter (melted)
8-12 oz of berry of your choice (fresh, frozen, canned)

Combine dry ingredients, add milk, stir in melted butter, pour into baking dish (round pyrex, glass), bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.

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This is my plate. I do not like gravy. I only make it because my husband wants it.

Here is how my family’s dinner and dessert turned out: (Drooling is allowed)

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