Please refer my texts before the recipe --DK
Hi Vini - I don't know exactly how it tasted in your case - but the fact is that this Soda Bread does not taste like normal breads. The texture will little dryer than normal loafs and harder. Though it would look like a rock on the surface when you cut into it, the insides should be little moist.Traditional soda bread does not have the usual cake-like" texture that some breads enjoy thanks to some yeast. It is more chewy and has a v mild taste of soda. This recipe is enhanced with prunes hence they would mildly sweet as well. Again it depends on what exactly you used in the bread - like if it was white flour, the type of seasoning etc. Was yours cooked enough? Or was it cooked too long? I would say the best way to check if it was done would be tap it on the bottom - it will sound hollow when baked to perfection. Hope this helps
Hi Alison, I know I took considerable time in replying to your request. I am more so a cups and spoon type person and it took me quite some time to even figure out how exactly I can convert my measurements into pints and ounces. I have been trying to get my hands on the scale without success now. I was earlier going to send you some measurement which I thought were correct but I tried out with the same at home, and the taste was not similar to my original one at all. Hence not sending you those measurements. I can instead tell you the cup measurement I used : 1 cup measures to 1/2 pint or abt 8 ounces. and 1-1/4 cups of buttermilk will amount to a approx. a little more than 300ml or 10 ounce measurement. - at least that's what a cup which I got yesterday tells me. Yes you can use yogurt, add little water, stir it well until smooth/thick to amount to 1-1/4 cups and use the same. I did the same. Hope this info helps. Sorry for the delay.
I used the term in an abstract way. Like say for example : You follow some recipes thanks to the tradition of making it in one particular way for generations. So there may be a possibility that you have had that recipe passed on which has stuff like apples, sugar etc . You call it traditional (and so do many..) but its not authentic to what it originally is. By Authentic I mean, it is perfect to the tee - you know that THIS bread is indeed Irish soda bread - but such recipes frown upon using any kind of variation which I personally think is little too harsh since - some families in old Ireland did indeed use variations as per the occasion. Like say during festive times, they added white flour instead of wheat and threw in some caraway seeds- raisins etc to celebrate say a great harvest. So there is some tradition and there is authentic - I know they both should have been the same but for some reason when it comes to this bread it is not..hence I wrote it the way I did :) Hope this helped :) - DK