Sunday, March 16, 2008
Irish Soda Bread
March 9, 2008
This bread is so delicious, I really don't know why I feel that I can only make it in mid-March. I used Rose's recipe for Royal Irish Soda Bread, but I soaked the raisins in water, not in Irish whiskey, because I was making it for some people who don't drink whiskey. They probably would have liked it if they hadn't known, but I would have felt compelled to blurt out, "These raisins were soaked in whiskey. And the butter has whiskey in it too."
They're a lot like scones, only not quite as rich because they have buttermilk instead of cream and about one-third as much butter. I had one little piece left. I think I've already remarked on the penchant of Minnesotans never to want to take the last piece of anything, so people just slice away at the last piece until there is one small, malformed bit of whatever it is that they don't want to take the last bite of. That left me a malformed bite of soda bread for my mid-morning snack the next day, which gave me the knowledge that, fine as it is on the first day, soda bread really doesn't keep very well.
I also now have most of a quart of buttermilk to use up. Dang!
Posted by Marie at 3:47 PM