This wonderful bread is based on 'White Soda Bread with Herbs' in "The Ballymaloe Bread Book" by Tim Allen. I wandered through our garden to snip the fresh herbs called for in the recipe (sage, chives and rosemary). When I mixed the dough, I couldn't stop myself from adding a little whole wheat flour so the bread wouldn't be quite so white....
The bread is shaped in a round and cut with an "X". It is somewhat like a giant baking powder biscuit. The remarkable thing is that it contains no fat but is still very moist and wonderful.
I wanted to break the bread apart - the same way that a baking powder biscuit would be broken apart.
But T wanted to slice the bread. (After tasting it both ways, I admit that sliced is the way to go.) We served the bread hot out of the oven with barbecued pork butt and barbecue-wokked asparagus. Needless to say, dinner was delicious.
We toasted the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. It was delicious with butter, goat's cheese and crystalized honey.
We decided to try making soda bread with an egg as well as buttermilk for the liquid ingredients and baking the bread on the barbecue. What a brilliant result!
While the bread was just finishing baking over indirect heat, we barbecue-wokked asparagus to go with grilled pork chops for that night's dinner. (No photos of the chops - trust me; they were brilliant.)
Here is how the bread looked just after coming out of the barbecue.
The next morning we steamed the last of the asparagus, smothered it with goat's cheese sauce and served it with sliced hard boiled eggs on toasted soda bread. Oh my.
We garnished the dish with chives and a viola from the garden.
1st Year: Challah . Coccodrillo . Croissants and Pains au Chocolat . Five-Grain Bread with Walnuts . Mary's Dark Onion Rye . Royal Crown Tortano . Whole-Wheat Pita
2nd Year: Chinese Steamed Flower Rolls . Italian Knots . Naan
3rd Year: Broa . Brunkans Långa . Cornucopia . Ensaimadas . St. Hildegard's Spelt Bread . Sweet Portuguese Bread . Taralli Pugliesi . Yeasted Sprouted Wheat Bread
4th Year: Biscotti Picanti . Cuban Bread . Dan's Garlic Bread . Fougasse . Hamburger Buns . Herbed Soda Bread . Kaiser Rolls . Rewena paraoa . Soft Pretzels . Stollen . Streusel Potato Coffee Cake . Stromboli
5th Year: Assyrian Spinach Pies . Easy Little Bread . Fantans . Holiday Apple Kuchen . Julia Child's French Bread . Molasses Fennel Rye . Oatmeal Twists . Pocketbook Rolls . Russian Rose . Swedish Rye
6th Year: Aloo Paratha . Brioche and Gateau a la Creme . carrot bread . Chocolate Prune Rolls . Crackers . Filled Pane Bianco . Modern 'Lardy' Cake . Nut Roll Coffee Cake . Rgaif . Rheinbrot . Whipped Spelt Bread
7th Year: Beaujolais Bread . Brioche Flower . caramelized onion bread . Chapatis . Dhakai Bakharkhani . Kouign Amann . Panmarino . Polenta Bread . Pretzel Croissants . Robert May's French Bread . Water-Proofed Bread (challah) . Wild Rice and Onion Bread
8th Year: caramelized onion rye . Anadama Bread . Chrysanthemum Bread . Conchas (Mexican pan dulce) . Cozonac (Romanian Festive Braid) . Flaxseed Soaker Bread with Prunes . Granary-style Bread . Khachapuri . Muesli Rolls . L'Otto di Merano . Power Bread . Tangzhong Bread
9th Year: Asiago Bagels . Auberge Walnut Bread . Beet Bread . Beignets . Bialys . Bran Bread . Coconut Rolls . Fouace Nantaise . Jachnun . NOT Cinnamon Rolls . Porridge Bread . Spring Focaccia
10th Year: Champagne Baba . Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread . English Muffins . Kaak . Kare Pan . Pumpkin Cornmeal Rolls . Royal Crown Tortano - Revisited . Shubbak el-Habayeb . Swiss Rye Ring . Tartine Polenta Bread . Tootmanik . Velvety Bean Bread
11th Year: Lariano-style Bread . Nazook . Red Pepper Coques . Pain au Levain