Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Everything Revolves Around Bread and Death"

Last night, I was rummaging through old magazines i had, and i stumbled upon the first Bon Appetit I bought when i was 10. I was tickled and there was much rejoicing because this is the magazine that has the soda bread recipe that i love. Sadly , I didn't have any chocolate or candied orange peels when i wanted to make it today. However,me being my stubborn self, I made the recipe my own and the result was most pleasing. I tore a chunk off the round with a smile and dipped it in my tupelo honey,which by the way happens to taste great with everything.

Soda Bread with Cranberries:
-3 c. all purpose flour
-1/2 c. brown sugar [you can use granulated but i prefer brown]
-2 tsp. baking powder
-1 tsp. baking soda
-1 tsp. salt
-6 tbs. chilled butter cut into pats
-1/2 c. dried cranberries
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1 1/4 c. buttermilk
-1 large egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients. Using your fingers, mix in the butter until its at the texture of meal. Fold in the cranberries and vanilla. In a medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk and egg, then add to the dry ingredients, stirring until it just comes together. Toss onto a floured surface and knead the dough until it forms,about five folds. Form into a round approximately 6 inches around and 2 inches high. Slit 1inch deep cuts on the top of the round in a sun beam pattern with a sharp knife.
This is how it should look once formed:

Place on a rimed baking sheet that has either been greased, or has a piece of parchment greased with butter, and bake in the oven for an hour. Once done move off the hot pan onto a cooling rack or a plate, just wait a few minutes for it to cool, then dig in!

The original recipe used 6 0z. of semi sweet baking chocolate and 6 0z. candied orange peels instead of cranberries and vanilla. Also the Bon Appetit recipe used white granulated sugar apposed to brown sugar. Goodnight nobody,it was nice chatting with you.

[Jewish proverb for title]

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