The Birth of Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy

 Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy came to be out of two separate events in my life. My youngest son loved to cook with me. At an early age he declared he wanted to open a restaurant when he was older, called "Tyler's Yummy in Your Tummy" He never did open that restaurant but I loved the name and decided to use it for my Blog on Cooking and Recipes.

 "Ollie" replaced the name "Tyler" in the title simply because that same son suggested the nickname Ollie when my first grandchild was born. My middle name is Olive after my Grandmother, and I became Grandma Ollie to my grandchildren. And thus Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy was born!

 This blog will be a collection of recipes - family, my own, and any others I can find in my collection. I've been cooking for almost 50 years - having started as a pre-teen. In Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy I'll share my favourite recipes, tips and techniques with you.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins
I based today's bread on Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread Recipe. I love soda bread and have a great recipe (which I haven't yet put online here on OlliesYummyInYourTummy blog) but this one got such hype that I decided to try it.

Verdict: Yummy! It's dense and very filling. I added Thompson raisins to mine, but want to try it with Sultanas which are a bit sweeter.

I had to add quite a bit more flour than called for in the recipe but I can't tell you how much as I just kept sprinkling it on as I kneaded the dough. I stopped when it felt right.

Because I can't get buttermilk where I live, I improvised by adding 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice to 2 cups of milk. You could use vinegar or lemon juice to achieve the same result.

Here's what you need:

4 cups of flour (I ended up using approximately 4 1/4 cups)
1 tsp. each of salt, baking powder and baking soda
2 TBSP. sugar
2 cups buttermilk (see my improvised buttermilk above)
about 1/4 cup of raisins rolled in flour (rolling them in flour prevents them from sticking to the bread dough and making lumps of raisin clusters)

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the buttermilk and raisins and whisk or mix with wooden spoon until a ball of dough begins to form.

Kneed dough for about 2 minutes on a floured surface, then drop into a buttered pie pan (I used an oil spray instead of butter). Form into a nice round ball and then score a big X on top.

Bake in a convection oven at 360' for 30 to 45 minutes. If you don't have convection, increase oven temperature to 375'

Photos below show the process
Raisins coated in flour

Kneading the dough on a floured surface
Dough goes into a pie pan (I didn't have one that was suitable so I used an 8x8 inch square pan. Form it into a ball and score the top with an X
Bread done and out of the oven

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