This week's TWD-BWJ, Irish Soda Bread has to be the easiest, least time-consuming bread recipe, evah! It's four ingredients....flour (I used half all-purpose and half whole wheat), yeast, buttermilk, and salt.....can be kneaded in your stand mixer and requires no rise time (I'm sure there's a much more technical term than that). This is something your kids can make and pop into the oven while you're cooking dinner.
This is a dense, filling bread. The book said it was best served the same day it's made, but I put mine in a ziplock bag on the counter and it's still pretty durn good today. Traditionally you add in dried fruit, such as raisins or apricots, but I went with another suggestion and added in one cup of freshly grated Gruyere. I think a piece of this toasted with a poached egg on top just might be my breakfast in the morning.....or Hubs dinner tonight! You can get the recipe at My Culinary Mission or Chocolate Moosey.
On a completely unrelated note, I've had a visitor hanging out here for the past couple of days. That's Rex (and his brother Rocky behind him). His dad is our handyman who's been doing a few projects around our house this week.
Since my first dog was a Cocker Spaniel, and just happened to be perfect, I have a real soft spot for the breed.
This guy is not helping matters. He's about 12 weeks old and is so well trained I can't stand it. He can get up the stairs fine but is a little timid about going down them, so every time Anthony goes down, Rex sits at the top and whines and stares until his daddy comes back up.
A perfect little angel! Rafter doesn't quite have the same opinion, however!