Week 16: Emigrant’s Soda Bread

U.S.: This is how the Irish emigrants to America made soda bread, since there were more ingredients readily available. See the Irish Soda Bread recipe, using all white flour, and then add

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WEEK 13: Irish Soda Bread

IRELAND: Soda bread is a daily bread that was made by every Irish household with ingredients affordable to all. Dump everything in a bowl, mix it with your hand, and it’s ready to pop in the oven in under 5 minutes. I used 50/50 whole wheat and white flour; but it can be all white if you prefer. The method is so easy, you don’t really need a video, but Darina Allen’s instructions and history (she’s the Julia Child of Ireland) are worth viewing at least once!

Traditional Irish Soda Bread | Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School

Apparently, Irish measurements teaspoons are different from the U.S., so I’ve listed the proportions below.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees before your begin, so you can get it in as soon as the batter is mixed. And it bakes for about 30 ~ 35 minutes.

  • 2 cups whole wheat
  • 2 cups white
  • 1 teaspoon baking SODA
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • about 1-3/4 cup buttermilk (400ml) – I use Kefir – it’s thicker than US buttermilk

Week 9: Focaccia

ITALY: A thick, airy, flat bread with a lot of potential. It’s delicious with the traditional topping of olive oil, salt and rosemary. Or, you can join the Focaccia Bread Art movement and make it a meal. I tested a few quicker versions, with just one rise time, but this version, with a super wet dough and the addition of a salamoia (brine) is the most authentic. Plus, the four rises/folds ever 30 minutes are a great excuse to get up from your desk and move, if you’re working from home!

The Easiest Focaccia | Ethan Chlebowski

Rise time: 20 + 30 + 30 + 30 + 30 + 60
Equipment: None!

9 gramsyeast
335 gramswater (110 degrees)
450 gramsflour (all purpose or bread)
9 gramssalt
9 gramsolive oil
20 gramsolive oil
20 gramswater

Week 3: Boule

FRANCE: A round, heavy loaf baked in a pot with a lid (it doesn’t have to be a dutch oven). I chose this version because of the detailed instructions, great videos, delicious taste, and the no-knead method. If you learn how to make just one bread this should be the one. The perfect loaf to impress!

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