TwD: Irish Soda Bread from Baking with Julia

Had it not been for Google Reader, I would’ve forgotten today was another round of TwD: Baking with Julia! Which would’ve been a shame, too, since I prepared this Irish soda bread weeks ago and loved it!

I usually try to halve any recipe I bake, but this recipe calls for two cups of buttermilk, which I’m always looking to use up. However, I was weary of Dorie’s warning that the bread would become “hard as a Blarney stone” by the end of the day. So, to counter that concern, I placed a damp cloth over the loaf and placed it inside a Tupperware container after I had eaten a few slices. Over the course of four days, I was able to come up with several “creative” ways to eat the rest of the loaf: cheese toast, regular toast, croutons, sandwich slices, soup dunkers, gravy soppers, bread sticks, and even Irish soda bread “French” toast! It was all tasty, though.

And, for all the Cooking Light fans (because I know everyone here is a Dorie Greenspan fan!), Dorie’s “Around My French Table” cookbook was named one of the top cookbooks in the French cookbook category for Cooking Light’s April issue. Many of the recipes mentioned in the blurb are ones the ffwD cooking group have already tackled!

To view the recipe for this easy Irish Soda Bread, check out this week’s host pages: Carla at Chocolate Moosey and Cathleen at My Culinary Mission.

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71 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:52:12

    Fabulous loaf – well done:)

  2. JamieAnne
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:12:48

    Looks amazing!!! I love that you made “French” toast!

  3. Ei
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:19:23

    That’s a good looking loaf of bread. Nice job coming up with creative ways to use it up.

  4. filingawaycupcakes
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:20:10

    I have really been meaning to make this (similar recipe) for my boyfriend. Do you know of a traditional meal eaten with soda bread? Yours is lovely by the way!

  5. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:20:30

    I was going to make this bread this morning and didn’t. Now I wish I had!

  6. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:23:22

    I love the many variations on using up the bread. We’ve not strayed from butter an jam. Purists, I guess.

  7. Kathy
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:30:36

    Your bread looks wonderful! Simply perfect! We really loved this bread…I made one plain and one with raisins and sugar.

  8. Baking is my Zen
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:36:15

    Nice presentation…thanks for the various uses…

    ~Carmen

    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/twd-baking-with-julia-irish-soda-bread

  9. maha
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 13:38:48

    never saw this bread…..looks wonderful n perfectly done…….
    Maha

  10. Purely.. Kay
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:12:33

    Your soda bread really looks wonderful. I remember my grandmother would make this.. great post

  11. heathersbytes
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:12:38

    Beautiful loaf! I’m going to have to make another one soon so we can do some fun stuff with it – mine only made it through lunch and dinner!

  12. Anna Luce
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:13:59

    Oh yay! Thanks for the idea to use the bread as french toast. Needed a plan for the rest of it πŸ˜€

  13. isthisakeeper
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:33:42

    Love your pictures and YES I saw the cookbook recommended in my Cooking Light magazine. I am not part of that Dorie cooking group, as I just started with this one…but I totally caught it! πŸ™‚

  14. Dara
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:50:24

    Looove it. I adore soda breach. I wish I had leftovers, french toast is a great idea.

  15. mireia
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:52:24

    That looks awesome!!

  16. frolickingnightowl
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 15:04:47

    mmm… the grilled cheese sounds really good with this bread.

  17. Amanda Tatton
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 15:13:22

    Your bread looks perfect!

  18. forgottenbeast
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 15:14:17

    Yum! I meant to make an irish soda loaf over St. Pat’s and never got around to it. But I suppose it’s never to late for a tasty quick bread!

  19. Kris Barlow
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 15:24:12

    Wow, even French toast. I found that this bread kept well for a few days. I thought it was from my additions, but yours worked out well.

  20. Holly
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 15:37:47

    Mmmmm I bet this tasted amazing because it looks amazing!

  21. Baker on the Rise
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 15:57:50

    Looks very good. Irish “French” toast sounds really interesting!

  22. Saira
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 16:12:25

    Your Bread looks Lovely … !!! Great job !!!! I never thought baking a bread can get that easy !!!

  23. thu
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 16:20:25

    My mouth is drooling now, and I know it’s just soda bread but I have been reading the Hunger Game trilogy on our vacation and all they seem to be eating is warm bread and goat cheese! drool!

  24. thebigfatnoodle
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 16:28:25

    I love bread making and your soda bread looks great! I’m doing a bread baking course soon and can’t wait! :))

  25. cathleen
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 17:14:33

    Beautiful loaf. Wonderful ideas for the leftovers!

  26. Three-Cookies
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 17:32:24

    Looks like a hot cross soda bread:)

  27. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 17:34:37

    Great looking loaf!

  28. Betty
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 18:22:06

    Lovely! Homemade bread of any kind is superior to that you can buy in a store. And you were so clever to find ways to use it all! πŸ™‚

  29. Inger Wilkerson
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 18:32:19

    Nice to see another version of Irish Soda bread. Looks delicious!

  30. Kelly
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 18:58:11

    This looks like a hearty and rustic loaf – what a success!

  31. Simply Life
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 19:31:53

    I’ve been wanting to try making this- looks perfect!

  32. Cher
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 20:08:42

    I used a damp towel too & thought it kept things tender for a day or two.
    Looks good!

  33. at50bake
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 20:13:03

    your bread had a great color…great job

  34. Liz
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 20:14:04

    Beautifully done…and excellent use of the leftovers!

  35. Elaine
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 20:31:45

    Your loaf is beautiful – so nice and golden.

  36. pamkaren
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 20:49:20

    Yummy- your loaf looks really nice and crusty. Glad to hear the bread doesn’t become unusable after 1 day.

  37. rondamkisner
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 21:25:38

    Hmmm….I am not sure that Around My French Table is the “lightest” cookbook I own, no matter how you take that word!

  38. bygore
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 21:37:47

    Your bread looks yummy. I put Craisins in my bread (check out my blog); next time I’ll be making the plain version and serving with home made soup or stew. Love your blog…

    Bon Appetit ~
    bygore.wordpress.com

  39. kitchen flavours
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 22:02:57

    I have never tried Irish Soda Bread before, have always wanted to try at making this though. Yours look wonderful!

  40. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 22:04:43

    Yay, look at that gorgeous Irish Soda Bread! I love love this bread, and so fun to make:-) Hugs, Terra

  41. Healthy cooking
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 22:12:36

    Tribute to St. Patty’s day…

  42. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 22:22:24

    hi yummy chunklet, thank you so much dear for coming over- how are you. yes, the irish soda bread looks very appetizing… no wonder you did not waste any.
    have a nice day

  43. Anita Menon
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 23:16:37

    The bread looks rustic and hearty. I am a big Dorie Greenspan fan too. Love your ffwd. Always look forward to it.

  44. hotlyspiced
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 05:01:55

    What beautiful soda bread. It looks great and would be perfect with a bowl of soup xx

  45. Anna @ the shady pine
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 05:14:02

    A gorgeous looking soda bread…I’m thinking of hot bread out of the oven smothered in butter now πŸ™‚

  46. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 05:28:23

    Gorgeous looking loaf I say! I love dorie and her recipes have never failed me. πŸ™‚

  47. Julia
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 05:28:38

    I love your creativity in using up the loaf. I just ate mine plain or with my letover lekvar. However, my husband and I managed to polish it off pretty quickly.

  48. ohfishiee
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 05:52:19

    a good loaf there, perfect for breakfast πŸ™‚

    Latest: Of LocaL Spiciness

  49. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 07:21:06

    I love Irish soda bread. Add chocolate chips, and I’m there πŸ™‚

  50. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 07:52:53

    Your Irish Soda Bread looks like it turned out perfectly! You got really creative with the leftovers. The French toast sounds fab.

  51. Helene (@MasalaHerb)
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 09:14:50

    wow nice job with the soda bread, it looks perfect. Can I have a piece please? πŸ˜‰

  52. eva626
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:45:07

    that looks impressive…its always seems that bread is so hard to make!

  53. jora
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:55:17

    Your bread looks beautiful! Glad to hear it kept for a few days for you, I was worried about that.

  54. Caroline
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:58:35

    Now that’s one good looking loaf right there! πŸ™‚

  55. C
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 16:35:55

    I am glad, you did not forget to post this beauty, also. Lookin’ Good.

  56. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 19:57:35

    Thank you for offering so many suggestions as to other uses for Irish Soda Bread. Someone asked me if ISB made good French toast. I just forwarded your Post. Do the Irish even know about French toast? I usually subscribe to “Cooking Light” but have let it lapse. Thank you for passing the news about Dorie’s cookbook mention. Good Post. Beautiful Bread. Mary Hirsch http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

  57. smartfoodandfit
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 20:04:24

    You are on a baking mission! Looks great, glad you remembered to post it! Hope you are having a great day! πŸ™‚

  58. RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 21:29:57

    looks great and love the ways you used it up

  59. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 23:36:59

    Whoa!!! This Irish soda bread is one amazing looking bread! This is like 3rd bread I saw and make me wish that I could bake this at home!

  60. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 03:29:40

    What a perfect soda bread – it looks so soft and fluffy and perfect πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  61. muppy
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 05:13:31

    i keep meaning to try this but have not yet, thanks for reminding me.

  62. April Harris (@apriljharris)
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 09:41:01

    Your soda bread looks delicious, and I like your technique for keeping it longer too!

  63. Peggy Labor (@feedthebf)
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:22:50

    Your Irish soda bread looks perfect! Great job =)

  64. Ameena
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:56:43

    I’ve never had Irish soda bread before…I am so intrigued. Care to do a giveaway? πŸ™‚

    French toast using Irish soda bread. Now that’s a unique and multi-cultural way to use up leftovers! I love it.

  65. Beth
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:22:12

    The soda bread looks great. I’m glad you were able to use it before it went hard!

  66. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 19:15:30

    Sounds like you got a lotta use out of that nice looking loaf!

  67. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 21:08:26

    wow…what a beautiful job you did with this bread! I love the tip of placing a damp cloth over the bread in tupperware. But it sounds like you made great use of it before it became ‘the blarney stone’! Gorgeous bread!

  68. Just A Smidgen
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 23:15:46

    Well, that loaf of bread turned out just perfect.. no blarney there!!

  69. sally
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 10:41:26

    I totally failed at baking some bread last night. Maybe I should try this recipe instead. It looks fantastic!

  70. Yudith
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 20:38:33

    I STILL need to make Irish Soda Bread, yours look wonderful!!

  71. tsimmisthyme
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 17:38:40

    Your loaf looks rustic and beautiful. Ours lasted about four days as well. We forgot to put it in the refrigerator and decided after four days like it might be getting moldy.

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