Feb. 2nd, 2010

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echoes of the past )
Day 20 - A hobby of yours

Aah, I'm behind! Hmm, a hobby. I'm going to go with baking, because it fits with tomorrow's recipe, and because I really do like to bake. I entered a pie in the state fair two summers ago and won second place (cranberry-apple pie) and every Christmas I bake cookies and bars and shortbread for the family. Plus any and all other food holidays. Such as...

Day 21 - A recipe

Since the next major food holiday for me is St. Patrick's Day, my recipe for soda bread:

4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
14 oz of buttermilk

Method:

Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly grease and flour a cake pan.

In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.

Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)

Shape into a round flat shape in a round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.

Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot). Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.

Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

Day 22 - A website

Because I just discovered it: The Ironic Catholic. If only for this quote in their sidebar:

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up."


I enjoy the reminder that I can be both devoutly Catholic and not lose my sense of humor or quirky ways of looking at things. It's true!

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