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And here's the lady behind the inspiration. Readers, meet Mrs. O'Callaghan via Bon Appetit magazine's awesome picture! Honestly, doesn't she just look like she means nothing but business in reference to her soda bread? This is an irish woman I don't think I'd mess with...she looks pretty tough! And how about those bright blue tootsies poking out the bottom, ha!
Ingredients are all laid out and ready to go. You know how I do it when I try a recipe for the first time...I want it all in front of me so I'm never scrambling for ingredients last minute.
Have the flours and sugars all whisked together while the buttermilk and butter are on standby.
It's kneading time. I love to knead dough so this was actually a fun task. Plus, it's kind of dorky, but I have something to admit. I literally always do hand prints in flour on whatever shirt I'm wearing afterwards, ha! Guess I consider it my mark of completion.
'X marks the spot' on this finished product above...and all ready for the oven. But, I have to admit something very strange that happened at this moment. For some reason, in my brain, I wanted soda bread to be round. I swear I just knew it was round. Even after staring at Mrs. O'Callaghan's picture in the magazine minutes before, I still made my round...weird! Please, I have no idea why I did this...it clearly should've been square or rectangle. But in my head, at that moment, it was all round, ha!
I tell you what, I baked this bread on afternoon of St. Patty's day while CC Hubby was upstairs getting some work done before we headed to our party. He just kept yelling, 'It smells so good!' It filled our house with some home-baked goodness.
Here is the amazing spread at the party we went to. Our good friends April and Steve had a hand full of people over and it was beyond yummy. Green beer, corned beef nachos and a great classic dinner spread...our St. Patty's day was filled with wonderful friends, scrumptious eats and lots of Guinness. Also, here's a close up on my yummy plate and everyone really seemed to love the soda bread too (or, that's just what they said.) It was sweet and very dense...just like a good irish soda bread should be. I think my mother-in-law would be very proud!
Get the recipe HERE for Mrs. O'Callaghan's Soda Bread. Also, take a minute and check out our other awesome weekly recipe re-caps we've featured so far: Jordan's Momma's Quiche Lorraine, Shelby's Leek and Lima Bean Soup, Rosemary Grilled Kabobs, Homemade Tomato Soup, Easy Fruit Cobbler, Macho Man Meatballs, Super Bowl Dip Trio, Nana's No Bake Cheesecake, Rum Cake and Microwave Spiced Nuts!
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