Every year when St. Patrick's Day gets close, the portion of my family tree that is Irish comes to the surface, I start craving a good stout or ale and I want a loaf of soda bread in the house to nosh on, this year is no different! I normally beg my youngest who happens to work at a market to bring me a loaf of soda bread, but when the latest Kraft Food and Family magazine showed up in my post box, and it just so happened to have a soda bread recipe in it, I decided to tackle it on my own.
|There has been times when attempting bread baking, it is more like|
an episode of I Love Lucy
|What I envision bread baking to be like|
There was one very big difference with this recipe...there would be no baking...that's right, NO BAKING! not in the traditional way at any rate. This bread would be "steamed" in a crock pot! Now I had seen a lot of recipes for crock pot bread on Pinterest before, but I just could not understand how bread could be good if "baked that way", but as I had all the ingredients, and I did not know when I would see my daughter to have her bring me my yearly loaf, I decided to give it a whirl.
|I would rather have homemade bread vs store bought any day!|
Let's Get Started....
|Find recipe HERE|
|As always I gathered my ingredients and let my egg come to room temperature. I substituted golden raisins for regular.|
|I got out my crock pot and sprayed it with cooking spray|
|Following the instructions I blended the wet ingredients|
with the sugar....
|Then dumped in the dry, and the raisins ( not shown) .....|
|...and mixed until blended....|
|I kneaded the bread on a lightly floured surface as directed, and then put in the steam cooker, already sprayed with cooking spray,and cut the X, then put the lid on it, setting the heat to|
high and the timer to three hours.
|The final result....looks like bread!|
|First thing I notice is the top texture is a bit more doughy|
looking....but smooth...and knife came out clean.
|The texture has the nice air bubbles, is not as dry as|
traditional soda bread, It could have perhaps steamed
for 10 more minutes for a drier texture....
|After tasting, I give this a Ruby's Musings Approved stamp!|
It was very yummy! So quick and easy and a dough that
I could easily see adapted to using other dried fruits.
Overall as stated in the caption above, I give this bread my stamp of approval, I loved the ease, and I loved how moist the bread is, and the fact that I could easily add a bit of cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg and use different dried fruits to make a whole different type of bread. The texture is not as dry, probably due to the fact that it is steam baked, as traditional soda bread, and the taste is a little more sweet than traditional, but that is not a bad thing. I think it would be really yummy toasted with a bit of jam, and I plan to freeze it and then use it for a bread pudding or even French toast at some point...if I did not freeze some of it, I would eat the whole loaf, and that would not be a good thing.
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