Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TWD 4 - Irish Soda Bread with Olives

The next TWD challenge was the Irish Soda Bread.

To be honest I was bit hesitating to bake it as according to the recipe "by the end of the day, it will turn as hard as the Blarney Stone" and my original plan was to make it on Sunday for Monday breakfast.

However, I changed my mind when my husband decided to cook Hungarian ratatouille. 'Cause in any case you need a bread for that.

The recipe was super easy, really. Only four ingredients: flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. I mixed together all ingredients with a hand-held mixer, knead it a bit and ready to bake. I was very curious how this bread will turn out without a yeast.

I also added around 8-10 olives finely chopped during kneading.

Important to know: wipe the chopped olives dry before adding. If the dough gets wet, you may wanna add some more flour and knead it gently.

I thought that as olives are salty I do not really need any salt. Next time I would add more salt.

In any event it is a nice and fast bread. No waiting time, no rising time. It took max. 15 minutes to prepare and 50 minutes to bake. Nice alternative to a yeast-based bread. As we ate the bread for lunch, I cannot actually confirm how long would it take to turn as hard as a stone. :)))

For the exact recipe go to Cathy's post (with Gruyere cheese) at My Culinary Mission or to Carla's post at Chocolate Moosey.


  1. I like how some of you added stuff - cheese, raisins.. and olives!!! next time i've got to make that addition. lovely texture on the inside..Emese!!

  2. What a great idea to add olives!!

  3. Love the idea of olives! I think that would go over REALLY well here!

  4. Olives! Yeah! Good idea :-)
    This bread was super versatile.

  5. I saw ciabattas with olives and I thought that olives might also work for this soda bread. And they do. We loved it. Today I even baked a second round. :))