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Bready or Not: Irish Cheddar Soda Bread

Posted by on Mar 10, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you know me at all, you know I love cheese. One of my forever favorites is Kerrygold Dubliner, which I can buy in bulk at Costco almost all the time. That makes the use of a hefty amount of Dubliner all the more affordable in this amazing Irish Cheddar Soda Bread.

Bready or Not: Irish Cheddar Soda Bread

Of course, you can use another kind of Irish cheddar, or cheddar from anywhere in the world. Whatever you use will be delicious and amazing in this bread.

Bready or Not: Irish Cheddar Soda Bread

This recipe is the first in a series of re-worked recipes from a fantastic issue of Bake from Scratch Magazine last year. The July/August issue was all about Ireland, with loads of Irish recipes, and I had a blast baking my way through and making my own versions of deliciousness.

Bready or Not: Irish Cheddar Soda Bread

(Truly, if you love to bake, I highly recommend Bake from Scratch. I get a lot of food magazines, and it is my favorite. I find several things I want to make in each issue, which I can’t say about any of my other subscriptions.)

Bready or Not: Irish Cheddar Soda Bread

This bread is perfect along with a roast or soup or stew, or all by itself with a generous pat of butter (Kerrygold being best, of course).

You might think I’m getting paid to endorse this Kerrygold stuff and Bake from Scratch. I wish! No, I’m just a total fan.

Bready or Not: Irish Cheddar Soda Bread

If you love bread and cheese, oh wow, is this the recipe for you. Use a good Irish cheese like Kerrygold Dubliner, and to really make it amazing, Kerrygold butter as well. Modified from Bake from Scratch Magazine July/August 2020.
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: irish
Keyword: cheese, quick bread
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • parchment paper
  • instant thermometer

Ingredients

  • 3 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Irish aged white cheddar cheese (113 grams) coarsely grated, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley or other herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk or substitute soured milk, see note

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 450-degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add about 2/3 cup of cheese, herbs, and pepper. Form a well in the middle and add the buttermilk. Use a hand to mix everything, kneading and clawing everything together; note that the dough will be very sticky and clumpy.
  • Once it can be patted into a round, transfer it to the parchment paper. Reshape a bit if needed. Dip a knife in some flour, and slash an inch-deep X broadly across the top of the round; this is to release steam and, according to folklore, evil fairies. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of cheese on top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400-degrees. If the round is already looking quite brown, carefully cup some foil over the top.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes. The bread is done when it is browned and registers 200-degrees or more on a digital thermometer. If the bottom is tapped, it should sound hollow.
  • Let cool for about 30 minutes before cutting in. Bread is best served warm; easily reheat slices in the oven later. Pieces can also be frozen.

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    Notes

    To substitute soured milk, place a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a large liquid measuring cup, then add milk to the 2 cup point. Let sit for 10 minutes to coagulate, then add to the dough.
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    Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

    Posted by on Mar 3, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    These Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies do it all. They are warmly-spiced with a coffee-forward flavor.

    Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

    Plus, they are soft and chewy, which really is how I prefer cookies to be. Crunchy cookies are good, too, but cookies like this? Oh yeah.

    Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

    My husband’s work lives on coffee. Needless to say, they adored these cookies–with coffee. Bring on the caffeine in all forms, right?

    Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

    The ingredient list for this looks long, but that’s because it has lots of spices. It really comes together pretty fast. If you want to speed things along at baking time, mix together the dry ingredients the day before.

    Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

    These cookies will brighten your day. Have them for breakfast. Or a dessert. Or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. The baked-in espresso (plus that sugar) will do a lot to brighten your day!

    Bready or Not Original: Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

    These Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies soft and chewy, and loaded with a warm mix of spices, along with a pleasant jolt of caffeine. This makes about 28 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: coffee, cookies
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • tablespoon scoop

    Ingredients

    Dough

    • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
    • 1 Tablespoon hot water
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cube, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 2 eggs room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    Topping

    • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar or other raw, coarse sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, stir the espresso powder into the hot water until it is dissolved. Set aside.
    • In a big bowl, beat together the butter and shortening. Add both sugars, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and cloves. Follow up with the eggs, vanilla, and liquid espresso. Beat in the flour until just incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours; otherwise, the dough will be very sticky and hard to work with.
    • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. In a small bowl, stir together the topping ingredients.
    • Use a tablespoon scoop to form dough into an round ball. Roll in cinnamon-sugar. Place rounds spaced-out on cookie sheet, flattening each to a fat disc.
    • Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Let set on cookie sheet another 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. Completely cool, then place in a sealed container at room temperature.

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      Forthcoming: a poem in THE BOOK OF DRAGONS next July

      Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Forthcoming: a poem in THE BOOK OF DRAGONS next July

      This has been in the works for ages, but I’m still gobsmacked: I’ll have a poem in the hardcover, fully illustrated anthology The Book of Dragons edited by Jonathan Strahan, due out on July 7, 2020. The table of contents is like a full list of the best living authors in genre fiction… and then there’s me, like this.

      Every story and poem is illustrated by Rovina Cai, who just won the World Fantasy Award for best artist. The book will be a whopping 640 pages. I’m guessing this will be very much a treasury book to keep on a coffee table–beautiful to look and to read. Read the full announcement on the Barnes & Noble SFF Blog! Behold the authors involved!

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      Sunday Quote wants this week over with

      Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sunday Quote wants this week over with

      “My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”
      ~ Anton Chekhov

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      Phoenix Comicon Schedule 2017

      Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Phoenix Comicon Schedule 2017

      phxcc_logo_2017_smIt’s Phoenix Comicon time! This is my home con, and it’s grown huge in recent years–some 200,000 people attended over four days last year! This time around, I will have panels and some signings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

      I will also be part of Poisoned Pen Bookstore’s Elevengeddon Mass Signing on Wednesday the 24th at the Hilton Resort in Scottsdale, 7pm. More info here.

      My books will be for sale at the convention, but feel free to bring copies from home, too. I’ll also sign Kindle cases, autograph books, hellspawn, etc. ALSO… I WILL HAVE COOKIES. If you see me (and it’s not in the middle of a panel, because duh) please ask if I have any cookies left. I will be happy to feed you. Note that these cookies will be filled with gluten and other magic.

      You’ll find my full current schedule here.


       

      Thursday
      12:00 pm
      Fantasy and Magic in Literature :: North 126AB

      3:00 pm
      Women Writers of Speculative Fiction :: North 126AB

       


      Friday
      10:30 am
      Writing Badass Women :: North 126C

      1:30 pm
      Beth Cato, Alan Smale, Weston Ochse, and Yvonne Navarro Signing :: North 124AB


       

      Saturday
      10:30 am
      Arizona Author Spotlight :: North 126C

      1:30 pm
      All Things Steampunk :: North 126AB

      3:00 pm
      Kevin J. Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, Beth Cato, Rob Reid and Scott Lynch Signing :: Exhibitor Hall Author Signing

       

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