Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TWD - Irish Sodie Bread

Alright it's actually soda bread, Irish Soda Bread. But since I'm from the south, we sometimes refer to fizzy drinks as sodie....so this is sodie bread. To be perfectly honest, I actually call fizzy drinks pop. Which confuses everyone around here because they more often refer to fizzy drinks as coke.

Waiter: "What would you like to drink?"

Southerner: "You know, I'll take some coke. What do you have?"

Waiter: "We've got Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mt. Dew and RC Cola."

Southerner: "I'll take sweet tea instead."

You know, I wonder how this bread would taste with a little sodie in it? Maybe a nice grape Fanta... 3/22/2012 CORRECTION - Do Not, I repeat do not make this with grape Fanta. That would be gross and I do not want to be responsible for grossness.

For this recipe I kept it old school, really old school. I stuck to the Irish roots of this staple and changed nothing. I even considered making my own sour milk*. But then I forgot what day it was and didn't make this until today, Tuesday. The Tuesday that we are supposed to post this bread. I had to use store bought buttermilk powder instead of authentico** soured milk. I did remember in my vast researching of this recipe (I do this with all recipes, I have to know everything about it and then I promptly forget) there was a story of an Irish gal making her daily soda bread and how she was late in making her bread because she forgot to sour the milk and had to send a carrier pigeon to the milk farmer and see if he had any soured milk to spare. The milk farmer kindly replied and told her that he did, but if she'd been a smart lassie she could have just added a little vinegar to her fresh milk and voila buttermilk!

If you have made it this far into the post you will realize that that story might have been a false hood and that I didn't really have anything exceptional to write. The lassie part, not the sodie part. The sodie part is true; very, very true.

Thank you and happy sodie bread!

Our hosts for this week are: http://myculinarymission.blogspot.com/2012/03/twd-irish-soda-bread.html and http://chocolatemoosey.blogspot.com/

* the difference between buttermilk and sour milk:  http://www.ehow.com/facts_5818094_difference-between-buttermilk-sour-milk.html

And I wasn't going to really churn my own butter and make buttermilk. I was just kidding. But if you are interested in making butter and buttermilk, check this out:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Butter-and-Buttermilk/

**authentico is a word I just made up. Please use it. 3/22/2012 UPDATE - I just found out that I did not make this word up. I am sad now.


  1. Nice, rustic appearance...

    ~ Carmen

  2. If we can't use grape sodie, can we use orange??? :-)
    Looks good.

    1. Orange might be very tasty! I say give it a shot!!!!