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Old Brownie recipe, bad results lately?

Let me know if that does it. Sounds like that's what was missing.

Old Brownie recipe, bad results lately?

Your recipe is missing salt. That affects taste.

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

My goodness, toasted a slice this morning (the day after making it) and it is absolutely fabulous.

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

So, I made two soda breads this weekend, and came up with one I really like. It's moist and tastes good.

In the past, I've always made traditional Irish Soda Bread, with just four ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk. But I found it dry and it would go to waste mostly uneaten. That's why I was hunting for a new recipe.

As I reviewed the recipes on this and a previous CH thread (Thank you geminigirl), I noticed many similarities in the recipes. Most contained white flour, buttermilk, some sugar, butter, baking soda and baking powder, and raisins/caraway seeds, with varying amounts.

A couple recipes contained vegetable/canola oil, a taste I don't care for. A couple recipes also contained some whole wheat flour, a nice variation (The Irish call that Brown Bread??) which I'd like to explore in the future.

The first recipe I tried was Irish Rosie's Irish Soda Bread.

It contains sour cream instead of buttermilk, which is why I made it. I had a pint of leftover sour cream that needed to be used up. The recipe also calls for 1/2 cup sugar. Made it too sweet for my taste. I followed the recipe, but used one less tablespoon of caraway seeds, and 1/2 cup golden raisins, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, and 1/4 cup dried currants instead of 3/4 cup raisins.

The result was very sweet, almost cakey, but very moist. Not my tempo as Fletcher would say in Whiplash. I sliced the bread and brought half to coffee hour at church, and my daughter brought the other half to work. People loved it, and I got several requests for the recipe. So taste is subjective. Very subjective.

Next up, I tried the Irish Soda Bread Mcsheridan recommended from The Farm Journal, reprinted by Coastal Cupboard. This was a winner!! I really liked it, and my husband and daughter LOVED it! A moist, very satisfying soda bread.

I tweaked the recipe just a bit. I cut the amount of sugar from 1/4 cup to three tablespoons. Instead of dark raisins, used golden raisins, dried cranberries and dried currants. Cut the caraway seeds down to one tablespoon. Changed the baking temperature from 375 to 350. The first bread baked well at that temp and it worked well for this one too. I also tweaked a few of the other directions.

Because of these variations, I am calling this particular recipe Stir Crazy Irish Soda Bread.

Stir Crazy Irish Soda Bread

4 c sifted all-purpose flour
3 Tbs sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbs caraway seeds
¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into tablespoon size pieces
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried currants
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 egg yolk, beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan lightly with no-stick spray, set aside (Can also use a round casserole baking dish with high sides).

2. Place sifted flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder into mixing bowl and stir. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in raisins, dried cranberries, currants, and caraway seeds.

3. Combine buttermilk, 1 egg, and baking soda; stir into flour mixture just enough to moisten dry ingredients. Dough should be sticky, if not add a little more buttermilk.

4. Turn onto floured board and knead lightly (just about eight turns) until dough is smooth. Shape into a ball and pat gently into the pan, out to the edges. With a sharp knife, cut a 4” cross about ½ inch deep in center of dough. Brush top lightly with egg yolk.

5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a cake tester (or toothpick) inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.

6. Cool bread in pan on rack for 10 minutes; remove. Cool on wire rack before slicing.

I'm done testing recipes for now. Look forward to making this on St. Patrick's Day. Thank you again, everyone.


1. At top, Stir Crazy Irish Soda Bread. The top is shiny because it's brushed with egg yolk.
2. Slice of Stir Crazy Irish Soda Bread.
3. Irish Rosie's Irish Soda Bread.

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

Chocolate mousse or ganache.

Mar 01, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

Thanks for the recipes everyone. Going to the store now. Will bake some loaves this afternoon and see how it goes.

Feb 28, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

Thanks for the link. Same question I posed to Sandy, do you follow directions exactly or do you vary anything? Do you offer any tips?

Feb 28, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?


There are a lot of comments about this recipe, some variations suggested as well as baking temps, so do you make this exactly as is or make a variation of it? Any tips to offer?

Feb 28, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

Every year I make Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day, and every year 90% gets tossed to the birds because no one likes it. They say it's too dry. (It gets rock hard real quick).

Does anyone have a tried and true recipe for a more enjoyable soda bread?


Feb 26, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Whiskey Priest alternative (Boston seaport)

Thanks for the rec's. I like Citizen's Pub, have gone there a few times after Sox games. But this group will NOT travel. When the convention used to be at the Park Plaza, the gang ate and drank at McCormick and Schmick's on Friday night, and after the banquet on Saturday, they'd walk to Sweet Water's and shoot JagerBombs. I went on the jaunt to Sweet Water's with them - once. It was an Emerson College spot and the music was deafening. My husband and I hightailed it outta there and had went off for Chinese food. So this is new ground.

I'm a Bellini girl mixed up with Wild Bunch Wannabes.

Whiskey Priest alternative (Boston seaport)

Thank you.

Whiskey Priest alternative (Boston seaport)

Pastoral it is! Thanks!

Whiskey Priest alternative (Boston seaport)

Yes, but Empire more as a bar. I've been to Remy's near Fenway, it's a sports bar, not likely anyone on this trip will go to it.

Whiskey Priest alternative (Boston seaport)

Thank you very much. I am cutting and pasting what everyone here wrote and sending it out in an email blast. If they want to waste their time it's their choice. I'll report back after this weekend. The weather is forecast to be unbearably cold and may dictate our plans. Who knows, we may end up in the hotel bar Saturday night. Also, I think our Friday night dinner might be at Pastoral rather than Salvatore's. My husband might be in the mood for their pizza. Stay tuned. And MUCH thanks.

Whiskey Priest alternative (Boston seaport)

First, I want to thank everyone for their suggestions for my group's upcoming trip to Boston for a newspaper convention at the Boston Seaport Hotel. It's this upcoming weekend and fingers crossed we don't get yet another snowstorm. Although right now, sub zero temps are forecast (horrendous wind chill).

Previous post:

Some people in my group are absolutely fascinated by the description of Whiskey Priest, because number one — whiskey, and number two — it has a bad reputation. Like that episode of Seinfeld where George becomes the forbidden fruit when he's perceived as a bad boy. Several people in my group think Whiskey Priest sounds like a whole lotta fun. And... did I say whiskey?

However, many of us do not like the sound of it. But we don't want an ultra quiet, dull bar to go to after the awards banquet. Maybe we can find somewhere we'd all like to go to?

Other choices CH'ers have suggested are Lucky's Lounge, Empire, Jerry Remy's, and Sam's at Louis. Are these still the options you'd recommend? Anything else? With weather threatening to be way below zero with wind chill factors thrown in, a lot in my group would like to stick close to the hotel.

Your thoughts?

Also, I love Eggplant Parm. Saw it on Salvatore'e menu, a spot recommended by CH'ers. Good bet for that? Or somewhere else?

Thanks so much for your help!

British Baking Show - Pies!

Thanks for the tip DG! When I need a challenge sometime I'll give them a whirl. They are cute! Did you use packaged puff paste?

British Baking Show - Pies!

Thanks Phil and everyone. I personally love rhubarb and grow some in my garden, but it's not a traditional American baking mainstay. By saying that of course, rhubarb may well become the next cool American food trend.

My mother-in-law makes a Creamed Rhubarb Pie that people swoon over. When it's in season, I love to make Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. So here's to rhubarb!

Pix: Rhubarb from my garden, Rhubarb Cake I made for my mother-in-law's birthday.

British Baking Show - Pies!

Speaking of things British, I noticed rhubarb was used for one of the pies (gorgeous puree swirl). Today being a snow day, I was watching British Master Chef and one of the contestants used rhubarb in his dish. Coincidence, or is rhubarb very popular across the pond?

Superbowl 2015

Wings slathered in Ah So Chinese red sauce. A mega Superbowl tradition going back to childhood. Thread about the stuff:

Jan 26, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

British Baking Show - Pies!

That's sad about Diana. Hope she's doing better now.

British Baking Show - Pies!

You know something, I think I'll give those pears a whirl myself, next time puff pastry is on sale at the store. Good idea DG!

Thomas Keller All Clad what do you think?

We're very happy with the TK 10-inch fry/saute pan. The handle works, easy to use. After Christmas, my husband and I were shopping in Macy's and I told him to pick up one of the regular All Clad pans and he said, "Yep, I see why you got me the other one, this handle is very uncomfortable."

Your mileage may vary though.

Jan 26, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Cookware

British Baking Show - Pies!

This was a "very British" show with custard tarts and large pork pies. I found it very fun and entertaining.

For those in the know, was Diana really sick, or was she embarrassed by Bingate? With Norman and Diana out in the same week, will they be one contestant short in the end?

Also, the wrapped pears challenge was just wild.

English chocolate imports

Thanks Smartie, I am clearly confused. I thought these were Cadbury products. I guess I am guilty of equating British imports with Cadbury. As I mentioned above, I haven't bought candy bars in years, so I am out of the loop. I take it Cadbury products are the ones that actually say Cadbury on them?

BTW, the Maltesers were very good.

Best restaurant w/ Tom Colicchio

I agree, not engaging. Basically, a hot mess.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Doing my Carnac impersonation, putting envelope to forehead.

Ooze and Schmooze.

"Two words that could pertain to infections or the names of Robert Irvine's proposed restaurants."

English chocolate imports

Thanks for this report. I went to my local Stop & Shop in Connecticut and bought up a few Cadbury confections, knowing this may be the last time we ever see them. My husband and daughter looked at me in shock as I unloaded the groceries. I haven't bought candy bars in years. Trying some of these for the first and probably last time.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Wouldn't it be especially helpful to struggling restaurant owners and his audience if Mr. Irvine was honest about why his restaurants failed, rather than toss out some canned PR excuses?

Irvine is called out for contradictions in his spokesman's statements about the Nosh closing, and for padding the number of "successes" claimed on Restaurant Impossible:

The comments that follow this story are interesting.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Four, the Florida debacle was several years ago. I referred to it to note that Irvine's PR people are spinning the same thing about Nosh that they did back then, and it doesn't ring true because he plans on opening more restaurants. So how can he possible give them the attention they need when he is on the road 340 days a year?

He's on wife number two. He lived with wife number one and his daughters in NJ. I know people who knew the family back then. He divorced wife number one, and married Gail Kim in 2012.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Link to the Nosh story:

In typical Irvine fashion, lies are being told as to why he closed the restaurant. Supposedly it's because he no longer lives in Hilton Head, and he's on the road 340 days a year so he couldn't give it the personal attention it needed.

But in the same article, it says he plans to open new restaurants at the Pentagon, Las Vegas and Foxwoods. He has time for those?

Remember when he tried to peddle this nonsense:

Ooze and Schmooze never opened. Same song he is playing now, he no longer lives in the area, so busy with FN things, yada, yada, yada.