In other news, still raining!! We called in to a helpline last night to offer our extra bedroom to anyone who has been displaced by the floods. I kind of hope someone calls... I'd love to help! Here's hoping things get under control soon in the areas around us that are still in danger, but I (and my big black beastie) will keep reveling in the rain. She takes after her mom! :)
Irish Soda Bread
3 c. flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c. sugar
pinch of salt
5 Tb. butter, COLD, cut into tablespoon-ish chunks
heaping handful dried cranberries, currants, raisins, etc. (or leave it plain!)
1 1/4 c. buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk flour, powder, soda, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.
Using pastry cutter, knives, or fingers, cut butter into flour until no chunks are larger than a pea.
Stir in cranberries (etc). Using rubber spatula, stir in buttermilk until dough comes together and no dry bits are left in the bottom of the bowl.
Shape gently into low, round loaf. (or two) The dough is pretty soft, so dust the outside with flour to help shape it. Cut a cross shape in the top.
Bake for 1 hour (40-45 min for 2 loaves), until toothpick stuck in top comes out clean. Serve warm!!
original pictures... Oh my. This is probably The Geologist's favorite thing in the whole world that I bake. I have no idea why, but he could eat the whole thing himself!
I need to make this more often...