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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Mother’s Biscuits (Cross Creek Cookery)

Okay So this Biscuit Recipe is simple. Biscuits are simple. You also have to realize this recipe is from a time when food was rationed. At the height of WWII when a lot of food was being shipped to the troops abroad. Things like Butter and flour were being rationed.

You will note that this does not have  much butter and as much as you can save with milk.

2 CUPS FLOUR

5 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER

2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER

1 CUP MILK (SCANT)

1/2 TSP SALT

Mix dry ingredients and SIFT twice. Work in Butter with tips of fingers. Add milk gradually, cutting in with knife to make a soft dough. Amount of milk will vary according to flour. Only enough should be used to hold the dough together. It is supposed to be heresy to handle biscuit dough needlessly, but to make flaky,  layered biscuits, roll out dough, then fold in over on itself in four layers, as though making pie crust. Roll out to a thickness of one-half  inch and cut with a biscuit cutter. Bake about twelve minutes in a hot oven–four hundred and fifty degrees. (Page 21, Hot Breads, Cross Creek Cookery, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)

So you saw the word SCANT in parentheses next to Milk. Meaning just barely sufficient. I literally just added a little milk at a time, mixing as I went along until it BARELY came together.

 

Ingredients Bowl with Sifter MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE BAKING POWDER

 

And A Sifter of sorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Flour added  butter Adding milk

Adding the butter doesnt really make a different besides smaller than pea size lumps.  Adding the milk it will start to come together, stringy.

 

 

 

Rolled into Rolling Douhg Lifting it Folding dough for Flaky

 

The dough will come together (almost).  Roll into a ball, flatten  slightly (you may lift it as you flatten because it will shrink, to fold in on itself (creating fluffy layers)

 

 

Rolling it out Cutting out Biscuits

Roll it out, It may take you some work to do so, because it will want to shrink. I rolled it out slightly thinner. The size of my biscuits were more two-bite biscuits.  I did use all my dough, I don;t like to waste. But remember when you rework dough that has already been rolled out, it may become more edibly tough.

 

 

Biscuits in the oven

 

Ready for the oven!!

 

Samll Biscuits Biscuit open

Yummy

 

 

 

Don’t forget to top with something yummy. Raspberry Jam or Honey?

 

Okay so If I made these again, which I plan to to see how they come out as cinnamon buns, that she says is a quick basic recipe for.

 

 

 

 

As always thank you for reading. See how easy that was. It really only took me about 15-20 minutes as far as prepwork before putting it in the oven.  So you working people out there, you can do this even if you are busy.

No pre-planning needed, these are typical ingredients most people have in their cabinets.

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The Ease of Beef Stroganoff

 

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Okay So it was a cool day outside, with minor rain showers. So the best thing on a Rainy day, a warm and creamy meal.

Beef Stroganoff:

Ingredients:

I used Beef Pieces (For stew) 2lbs

8-12 ounces of Mushrooms (Quartered, or halved)

Onions (Chopped, Sliced, whatever you prefer)

1 can of Beef Broth

1 Can of Cream of Mushroom

1/2 cup of Sour Cream

2-4 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Parsley for garnish

Seasoning for Meat:

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Powder

Flour (Enough to toss the meat in, to coat)

Beef mixe Browning1st Step:  Take the Beef and Toss in the seasoning and flour, In a (Lidded) Skillet with 2tbsp olive oil, brown beef, Once browned take beef out and set aside.

Mushrooms quartered Mushrooms and Onion All of it combined2nd Step: In the Skillet, Add Quartered Mushrooms and Onions and cook until onions are tender, (Depending on how much oil is still in the pan, you may have to add 1-2 tbsp.)

 

Add Beef, and stir to combine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Broth and Cream of Mushroom, set heat to low. Put lid on the skillet and cook on low for 30 minutes, until liquid is thickened. (If it hasn’t thickened, (Add a corn starch water mixture (About 3tsp starch/3tsp water shake before pouring in the skillet, stir into mixture, bring to a boil for 1 minute) It should thicken up.

 

 

 

Adding Sourcream

See it should be a mushroom brown color.  This is when I added Parsley ( A few teaspoons for color)

Add Sour Cream before serving (Taste sometime you may need to add a little more salt), Top The plate with a little parsley  for a vibrant contrast.

 

Dinner 1

And Dig in! You can serve this with any other noodle, rice, potatoes. Combinations are endless.

Just think Prep is quick and the stroganoff itself only takes about 30 minutes to cook, Right before the sauce is done, Cook your noodles and have them ready.

Those Tapioca Flour Brownies (Very Simple)

Brownies

Basic Recipe:
4 ounces of chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
MELT Chocolate and Butter together, over stove or in Microwave
COMBINE Sugar and eggs in bowl, Mix til silky, adding vanilla
MIX Chocolate into sugar mixture
Add Flour and mix well

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Pan ready
Heart ready

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit

Pour into Prepared Pan, put into preheated oven. Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean

brownies out of the oven

I didnt bite it I swear