2012/03/20

It doesn't always have to be difficult... (TWD Baking with Julia: Irish Soda Bread)

You know, things don't always have to be difficult?

Do you ever take a look at someone and want to say that? Don't you know that things can be simple? I know I spent a lot of time talking about drama over here, but it doesn't always have to be that way.


Sometimes, it is okay to go the simple route.

Things don't need to be complicated.

It doesn't have to be orchestrated.

Things can just happen.

We can all just get along, ya' know?


Breakfast can be a bowl of cereal with milk on top.

A sandwich can be just a sandwich - bread, peanut butter, jelly.

Dinner could be as easy as eggs & toast.

Just keeping it real....

Or... in the case of bread, a few simple ingredients, gently mixed together and baked can yield excellent results.


This week's selection for TWD: Baking with Julia is Irish Soda Bread. If you are interested in the recipe for this drama free bread, please check out the site of this weeks hosts: Kathleen of My Culinary Mission and Carla of Chocolate Moosey.

Leftovers were served with macerated berries. Perhaps not traditional, but it made dessert as uncomplicated as could be...


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. You can see everyone's simple or not-so-simple loaves here...

UPDATE: I should have mentioned that the fruit is dried cranberries. I threw a cup in on a whim & it was good....

50 comments:

  1. Haven't had it in a long time but it is sublime...and I have a quart of buttermilk in the fridge... hmm... how convenient.

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  2. Glad this one was simple and delicious. No drama here, either.

    Peggy (Necessity is the Mother of Invention)

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  3. I loved how fuss-free it was.. especially after the rugelach!! :)

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  4. This was good, huh? I need to make it in a glass bowl like you did next time so it rises a little more. Nice job!

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  5. Beautiful job, Cher! I especially like that last photo. I so agree that it doesn't always have to be complicated. It's nice to have a challenge once in awhile, but boy, is it wonderful when things are simple.

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  6. Looks lovely with the craisins.

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  7. Lovely, Cher! You’re so right….It really doesn’t have to be complicated to be wonderful! I made one sweet and one as written! Both came out delicious! Nicely done!

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  8. Truer words were never spoken! Simple. That's how I roll. Okay, I am dreadfully behind on baking this yet today. . . So glad I stopped by for a PEEK!
    It looks relish.

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  9. I'm with you on making things simple, Cher. Your bread looks delicious--and the way you sliced it makes me want to eat it like a piece of cake. As a dessert with macerated berries sounds amazing!

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  10. Simple is amazing! Your bread looks great. Next time I make some, I'll be adding in some dried fruit.

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  11. I agree that simple can be good. I made it for breakfast Saturday morning, and managed to get it on the table before the "I'm hungry!" whining began.

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  12. I'm totally with you on the simple thing. I'm not certain I'm over the rugelach yet!

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  13. I'm big on drama. This recipe was not for me. however, the idea of using it as a dessert base -- macerated berries on top, maybe with a little fresh cream (sweetened or otherwise) had definitely caught my attention. Kind of an Irish shortcake thing. You got the wheels turning out here...

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  14. I loved that this bread was so easy and yeast-free. Yours looks delicious!

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  15. Yup...sometimes simple is best. And being simple gave me time to make other fun things for the green day. I'll not wait a year before baking this again...don't need to wait for my Irish side to pop out next March...this is too good.

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  16. Although I tend to lend left, towards drama-Queen territory, there are times when simple and easy and no fuss is the Best. Making dessert out of ISB borders on genius since I was primarily focused on turning cardboard into ISB (successfully). That would be too much for my family, elevating ISB to dessert. But, good for you, Cher. Mary

    http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

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  17. Beautiful loaf! And that's a perfect descriptor for this bread: drama-free!

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  18. You're absolutely right. Sometimes simple is best.

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  19. ooh... macerated berries sounds delicious with the bread. Simple is lovely.

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  20. Love your post, and your bread is enticing!

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  21. You're so right about simplicity. I think you'll enjoy the Lemon Loaf Cake for April too! Only slightly less simple than the soda bread. Your bread looks delicious too!

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  22. Your loaf looks so much bigger than mine - it looks great!

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  23. Beautifully done, Cher! And I love the idea of serving leftovers with macerated berries...yum, yum.

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  24. It sounds amazing with macerated berries, Cher. I also like the idea of keeping things simple, at least some of the time.

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  25. Yes I too like it when simple and good come together! Your bread came out beautiful.

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  26. Your loaf looks great! I bet the addition of dried fruit made it shine.

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  27. Yes delicious and simple! Are those cranberries you used? Thanks for joining me this week :)

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  28. Yes, sometimes we need to take a deep breath...and just keep it simple...great post. Your bread came out great!

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

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  29. Looks good!! I like this w/ the addition of the dried fruit, otherwise it would've been kinda bland. Smelled so good baking. It was definitely simple, but I'm gonna go easy on the buttermilk next time, since my dough was ultra sticky.

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  30. So true - sometimes simplicity really is best! Great looking soda loaf!

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  31. I agree! It was so nice to have an easy recipe this week. What kinds of fruits did you add? It looks good.

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  32. I loved that this recipe was free of drama! Simple and delicious.

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  33. Yes, a drama-free experience. Looks good, Cher!

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  34. Simplify,Simplify, Simplify. (Walt Whitman)

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  35. Are those craisins or cherries- your bread looks scrumptious! Wasn't it so nice to just appreciate its simplicity?

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  36. This bread is as easy as it gets.. I loved this recipe..

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  37. Simply wonderful!!! :) Yes, it was rather simple... too simple for its own good! Looks wonderful - and would be great with cranberries too, come to think of it.... looks like cranberries in yours??? Kudos!

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  38. Yours look wonderful! I love the variety of dried fruits.

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  39. Your bread is gorgeous. I love all the dried fruit!

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  40. I agree - it was simple and delish! Loved the cranberries.

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  41. Your bread looks yummy. Simple can be good, and sometimes its nice to have a challenge.

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  42. I loved your post and your loaf looks delicious!

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  43. Hi, thank you for visiting and posting on my blog.
    Your loaf looks great and yummy.
    This recipe is so simple and so loved by my family that I bake it quite often. Thank you Julia - Thanks TWD!
    So pleased to be part of the group. Everyone is lovely! Fab experience!

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  44. Simple is good, especially this bread, we loved it! Yours looks yummy, love the idea of the berries!

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  45. Thanks for stopping by my blog post but honestly, your bread looks the best! Great job!

    Catherine @ www.praycookblog.com

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  46. Perfectly simple! Nothing better sometimes!

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  47. your bread with the fruit looks great! :)

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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