From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post.
Photo by CGehlen Traditionally, a cross was cut into the top of the bread before baking to protect the household from evil spirits.
Soda bread is a popular quick bread made with sodium bicarbonate -- also known as baking soda, or 'bread soda" -- in lieu of the traditional leavening agent yeast. Though it wasn't invented in Ireland, the quick bread has been an Irish staple since baking soda was first introduced to the country in the early 1800s. That's due in large part to the simplicity and cheapness of its ingredients: baking soda, soft wheat flour, salt, and soured milk or buttermilk.
When the bread is prepared, the lactic acid present in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda, forming tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide throughout. Bakers recommend minimal mixing and no kneading before baking so as to keep the bread light.More »