TWD: Baking With Julia – Irish Soda Bread

by Jessica on March 20, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

Four ingredients. An hour in the oven. Irish Soda Bread is as easy as that. It’s almost artisanal, don’t you think? Perfect as crisp morning toast, thick slices for your afternoon sandwich and especially, to soak up the leftovers of a big bowl of Irish Beef Stew! It’s a favorite of mine and one I love to make year round!

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Irish Soda Bread (pg. 214)
Source: Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan

Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Cathleen of My Culinary Mission are our gracious hostesses for the week. Check either of their blogs for the recipe and for a list of bread bakers this go-round, click over to the TWD ‘Leave-Your-Link’ post!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 smarkies March 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

looks absolutely fab!


2 tierneymarie March 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

How awesome that you found different ways to enjoy your bread all day! So very pretty, too!


3 Karen March 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

Your loaf looks so rustic! I must not have cut my X deep enough. Yours looks perfect though! If ours had lasted long enough I bet it would have been fantastic with beef stew. 🙂


4 Katie March 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

Gorgeous pictures!


5 Karen @ SoupAddict March 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Beautiful photos, as always. I just love the bumpy, craggly, crackling look of this bread. I also love that it can totally stand up to being dunked in soup or stews. 🙂


6 Heather March 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm



7 Wendy (pinkstripes) March 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I loved the ease of this recipe. Your bread looks delicious!


8 Mireia March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Beautiful pictures!!!


9 Mary Hirsch March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Jessica, Unlike you, I haven’t made ISB for years. But, it was so simple to make and sooooooo buttered up and eaten in a flash, that I know I’ll make it often. That’s what the Dorie/Julia Duo is all about. Right. Lovely bread. Mary


10 bakingismyzen March 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Great lighting on the photography. It looks like you use natural lighting. Your bread looks wonderful.

~ Carmen


11 Teresa March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Beautiful job. It really is a versatile loaf, isn’t it?


12 gaaarp March 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Your loaf looks great! I can’t believe how much oven spring you got with just baking soda.


13 Gretchen Noelle March 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

This would be truly delicious as a stew mop. yum!


14 Cher March 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Beautiful photos- as always!


15 Elaine March 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

What a perfect loaf! Now that I have made it, I can certainly understand why you make it year round. I am looking forward to making it again.


16 A March 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

No beef stew for me… but we have so much spaghetti sauce left that I may have to make another loaf!


17 Kathy March 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

Your bread looks absolutely gorgeous! I served mine with Guinness beef stew for St. Patrick’s Day! Yummy!


18 Margaret March 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Bread looks GREAT!! We loved it. So buttery!!


19 Julia March 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Great pictures. I like your green plate.


20 steph (whisk/spoon) March 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

That looks like a perfect loaf! I’ll definitely be making this simple bread again soon.


21 Amanda March 24, 2012 at 1:57 am

Your bread looks perfect! It sounds like this wasn’t your first time. 😉 We really liked it too and I can’t wait to use it for all the purposes you mentioned.


22 Erin E March 26, 2012 at 8:19 am

Looks wonderful! We loved it, it will be almost a weekly thing in our house now!


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