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You know what makes everything better? Baking. Especially when it's a brand new recipe that turns out perfectly on your first try.
This was a test case for tomorrow. This is a basic Irish Soda Bread, though the butter and sugar glaze on top was a last minute addition on my own (note the grains on top).

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Yield: 1 soda bread
User Rating: 3 Stars

1/2 cup currants
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fine salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Lightly butter a baking sheet.

Put the currants in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 15 minutes and drain.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the butter and, using your hands, work it into flour mixture, until it is about the size of small peas. Stir in the currants.

Add the buttermilk and stir with a spatula, just until the flour is moistened and comes together in a shaggy dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead lightly until just smooth, about 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball and place on the center of the prepared baking sheet.
Using a sharp knife cut a 1/4-inch-deep "X" into the top of the dough to let the fairies out. Bake until well browned and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped lightly with your knuckles, about 1 hour.

Transfer the bread to a rack and let cool completely before serving.

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kittydesade From: kittydesade Date: March 17th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I may have to try that, along with making my Damn Fine Potato Soup.

(Reicpe to come as soon as I verify that the changes I want to make are, in fact, good things)
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: March 17th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You're hot.

So's the baked good.

You plus the baked good = dubble plus hot...

You making the baked good = OMGWTFBYOBBQHOTTT!!!!11211192
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
abmann From: abmann Date: March 17th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew you'd come around to internet expressions eventually. ;p
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: March 17th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Great picture, by the way, you look like a very mischeivous Leprechaun.
abmann From: abmann Date: March 17th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I were wearing green. I tried to photo shop the short to green, but the bread started to loko fake with the color channel mixer. I guess I could have been less lazy about it...
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: March 17th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks delicious.

Oh, and the bread's probably pretty good too.

Har har :-P
abmann From: abmann Date: March 17th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I went to bed before trying th bread.

You should come up tonight with people. You can try it... the bread, that is.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: March 17th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the invitation, but I have a feeling St. Patrick's Day will be spent hiding in my room and trying to stay sober. Being around a lot of drunk people would be bad times.
truededication From: truededication Date: March 17th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. I am baking mine tomorrow, and I will compare your recipe with my moms . . . .
abmann From: abmann Date: March 17th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm baking another loaf today. It's the same base but with wheat flour, more sugar and caraway seeds. Mmm.. toasted caraway.
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