Category Archives: Dough (bread, buns, biscuits, popovers…)

bread, dough, buns, baking

Quick and Easy Soda Bread (No Yeast Required!)

buttermilk bread

This is a wonderful and simple recipe to make with your kids or if you’re having people over and want to impress them with homemade bread!

Now that I have mastered the most basic version of this bread, I will be experimenting with different flavours.  I’m thinking roasted garlic and rosemary bread, mixed herb and olive bread, and maybe even a walnut and orange bread….  The possibilities are endless…..

I LOVE playing and experimenting with food.  I actually enjoy complicated recipes with lots of steps and ingredients because I find the whole process incredibly cathartic and relaxing.  There is nothing I enjoy more than pouring a glass of red wine on a Sunday afternoon and spending hours preparing dinner for my family.  New ingredients really excite me.  Trying flavour combinations I never would have thought of without reading about it is incredibly rewarding for me.

Having said that, there are many days when I really do appreciate simple, no fuss recipes that I KNOW are going to be good.  THIS is one of those recipes.  I am almost embarrassed to say that despite over 20 years of professional cooking experience I had never made a proper loaf of bread!  I’ve made rolls, tortillas, pizza dough and popovers but I had never bothered with bread.  Until now.

I go through phases where I get really curious and excited about a certain food.  I had a few months where I played with making all sorts of energy bars.  I got really into Mexican cuisine and different dried chili peppers for a while.  I had a lot of fun with Indian spice combinations for a few weeks….  My latest obsession is making bread.  It all started with the below SUPER quick and easy recipe.  I love this recipe because it doesn’t even use yeast or sugar!  You don’t need to let the bread rest or rise.  You just mix the ingredients and bake!

The result is a dense, slightly chewy, tangy bread that is amazing right out of the oven slathered with some herb butter or sliced and toasted to go with, well, anything.  There’s something incredibly satisfying about eating/serving bread you make yourself.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cold, unsalted butter (cubed, or I like to shred mine into the dough using a cheese grater!)
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Sprinkle a baking sheet with flour.
  • Combine flours, baking soda and salt in bowl.
  • Work cold butter into flour until it resembles course breadcrumbs (I use a cheese grater to grate frozen butter into the flour).
  • Make a well in centre of flour mixture and pour in buttermilk.
  • Stir into the dough with your hands just until everything is combined.  DO NOT over-mix.
  • Transfer dough onto floured baking sheet and shape into a loaf about 6″ wide.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a cross into its top about 1/2″ deep.
  • Bake in centre of oven for 40 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

buttermilk bread with knife

Delicious Apple Cheddar Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

apple cheddar buttermilk drop biscuits

apple cheddar buttermilk drop biscuits

It was pouring rain outside yesterday and my boys were feeling antsy.  They both have the sniffles and a cough so I didn’t want to take them out anywhere.  After over an hour of playing video games I insisted they shut them off and that’s when my toddler began a full-blown meltdown.  I needed to find something to calm him down and keep them both busy for a while.  They were both bored and miserable.

My go-to when my kids are bored and stuck at home (and have already filled their quota of TV and/or video game time) is to grab a simple recipe and cook/bake with them.  It’s a great way for them to learn something and spend quality time with me; and the best part is, it’s actually something I enjoy just as much, if not more, than they do.

Yesterday I decided to make warm apple cheddar buttermilk biscuits.  They’re quick, really easy for the kids to help make and perfect to snack on by themselves for an afternoon treat.  (They were supposed to go with dinner, but they didn’t make it that long!  They’re best served warm right out of the oven anyway).  They turned out so beautifully that I think I’ll be serving them again with Thanksgiving dinner this year!

INGREDIENTS (makes 12)

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 packed cup extra-old cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup grated cored, peeled apple
  • 2 green onions, fine dice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (regular milk would also be FINE here!)
  • 1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper

METHOD

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • Using a cheese grater, grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients.
  • Grate the cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese (if not using pre-grated) and apple and add to dry ingredients.
  • Add the green onion.
  • Using a fork, stir in buttermilk (or regular milk) to form the dough.  Do not over-mix.
  • Using a 1/4 cup measuring spoon, drop dough balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on a greased baking tray (you could also use parchment paper but I just used Pam cooking spray and they didn’t stick at all).
  • Bake in a 425 degree pre-heated oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
apple cheddar buttermilk biscuits

apple cheddar buttermilk biscuits