Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesdays with Dorie: Irish Soda Bread

I'm not gonna lie.  I was not looking forward to this recipe.  I had Irish Soda Bread once, from a grocery store and it was just okay.  I didn't get what the hype was all about.  I just chalked it up to being an Irish thing I wouldn't understand.  For this recipe I was imagining a tasteless (there's only 4 ingredients, how good can it be!?), hard, dry loaf of bread that I would try and pawn off to the guys at work.

Well.  They won't be getting any.

What I loved about this recipe was that it was 4 ingredients.  Except for the buttermilk, everything was on-hand.  It took 5 minutes to mix up and throw in the pie pan.  I wasn't too concerned that it was a little straggly-looking since the recipe said not to knead for long, just shape.  And again, I wasn't expecting much.

I added the "X".

Oh, I just remembered.  I added dried cranberries (since I thought the bread was going to be dry and tasteless).

That's the better side.  I think part of my X went a little too deep and widened out a bit much.  As soon as it cooled enough for me to hold it, I sliced into and try a piece.  It was so good!  I am very pleasantly surprised it had that much flavor.  The cranberries added a little sweetness and tartness to the bread too.  As I began to slice more, I noticed it wasn't fully cooked in the middle so I threw it back in the oven.  It came out fine.

And My Critic says: "This is actually pretty good!" (after picking out the cranberries)  I will definitely be making this again.  It was so simple and delicious!

For this recipe please check out Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Cathleen of My Culinary Mission.  Come back on April 3rd for Pizza Rustica!


  1. I'm with you - I wasn't looking forward to this recipe at all, but was surprisingly pleased. I also used dried cranberries (and chocolate), and felt like that made a big difference. Yours looks fantastic!

  2. I got a chuckle from your comment, 'Well. They won't be getting any.'
    I couldn't agree with you more :)

    Beautiful looking bread Lauren!

    ~ Carmen

  3. It looks great! I think soda bread gets a bad rap, perhaps because some bakers overwork it.

  4. I was also pleasantly surprised by this! Your bread looks terrific!

  5. I'm sure it was absolutely delish! I'll make some, come April 5th :) Great job, as always!!

  6. Your loaf looks great! Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. I added cranberries to ours as well (don't really like raisins) and thought it added just the right touch.
    Very nice!

  8. Hi Lauren. Dried cranberries sounds really good. And I have made things before that have not been done in the middle and have not have luck putting them back in the oven to cook. Maybe because I waited too long. I am glad you were able to put it back in time and have it finish cooking. p.s. Going to the Borgata this weekend for a little bit of fun. No baking involved. LOL!

  9. I love how simple it was too! Your loaf looks amazing.