Sunday, February 4, 2007

Irish Soda Bread

My First Irish Soda Bread! The tradition is that after you’ve made the dough and before you put it in the oven, you cut a deep cross into the bread (this is called “Blessing the Bread”). Then you prick the center of the four sections to let the fairies out of the bread. These methods must have worked. During lunch I sat next to some Irish women who were guests for the afternoon demo and watched with delight as they ate the bread. They didn’t know I had made it, but as they were commenting on how “gorgeous, delightful and delicious” the bread tasted, I wonder if my joyful blush was showing. I hope I made my Grandma Geraghty proud!