Here's Dolly, just looking up at me with love in her eyes....no? Ahhh, perhaps she is waiting for
crumbs to fall from the island countertop, where I had just sliced up some of the Irish Soda Bread.
I was really ready for this one. After the Rugelach almost took me out, this recipe looked to be almost simple enough that my grandkids could have made it.
I even had all the ingredients on hand. Too simple for words. Except I forgot to check the calendar until it was already Tuesday morning and I hadn't made the recipe yet. Don't panic I say to myself. This bread doesn't even have to rise. It will not be a problem (I say to myself).
The buttermilk mixes in with the dry ingredients with a fork pretty easily. I then add raisins in the bowl before it turns out onto a floured board. Its pretty sticky, but I don't mess with it much since the recipe tells me not too. I'm not deviating from the recipe since I am on a "make it now or never" roll.
Cut an "X" on top - and I always use a scissors since I don't have one of those sharp bread dough slicers. The scissors keeps the dough where it's supposed to stay when making the cut.
It's a thing of beauty. It's a new favorite bread recipe (and I haven't even tasted it yet).
And it's even cooked all the way through...what a great quick bread recipe.
So, the verdict: YES. It will be made again. And Dolly may even get a taste. Thanks to Tuesdays with Dorie - Baking with Julia, I have found and enjoyed this recipe. See what others did with this recipe here.