A Bonny Bread Featured with Irish Calligraphy Work
IRISH SODA BREAD
This is a recipe I enjoy preparing, especially in March and around St. Patrick’s Day. Why?
It’s E.A.S.Y. It’s Ina Garten’s yummy recipe. Click here for her recipe link.
There is no kneading or rising.
Simply mix, bake, enjoy.
Baked, cooled, ready to enjoy!
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currents
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced in 1/2 inch pieces
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup dried currants
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
2. Combine dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking soda, salt – in mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment.
3. Add the diced butter and mix on low speed until butter is mixed into the flour.
4. Combine wet ingredients in measuring cup – the buttermilk, egg and orange zest. Mix with a fork – enough to break up the egg, then, with mixer on low speed, gradually add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.
5. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet. Be careful not to over mix.
6. Put dough onto a well-floured board or silicone surface. Roll or knead enough to shape it into a round loaf. Place the loaf on prepared parchment paper on baking sheet. Cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife.
7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean and when you tap the loaf, it has a hollow sound.
8. Cool on baking rack. Serve warm, at room temperature or toasted.
Baked, cooled, ready to enjoy!
Enjoy this tasty bread with your breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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Be Thou My Vision
Ancient Celtic Knot work
A Prayer of St Patrick
Will close this missive with a couple Irish thoughts ::
May your heart be warm and happy,
With the lilt of Irish laughter,
Every day in every way
and forever and ever after.
Bless you and yours
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched
And those inside be well matched.
Making thoughts visible – calligraphy of hope and inspiration
by Judy Dodds
My first memory of loving letters was as a fourth grade student in Houston, Texas – my first experience with my mothers dip pen and Speedball nib on a science project. My intentional study began in 1980 when I attended a Colleagues of Calligraphy meeting in St. Paul, MN and realized others also had the love of letters, letterforms, words and design. I began my full-time Penscriptions calligraphy studio in 1984. I have studied extensively, attended national conferences, taught and served in my local guild, Colleagues of Calligraphy. So,for years, I have made lots of letters with dip pens, worked with a variety of texts or quotes and blended, brushed and dabbed colors around on watercolor papers. I also love to play with our grandchildren, spend time with our family and friends, travel, hike, cook, be active in church and Bible study. I am learning every day. That includes discovering that computers, pictures, links, clicks, and blogging are lots of fun. to read more, go to http://pens.zenfolio.com/ and http://pens.zenfolio.com/welcome and http://pens.zenfolio.com/artist-statement and http://pens.zenfolio.com/resume.
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