OYW — March

March 1st

Okay Finny, the winner for the February project has to be KraftyKraut’s bat bag. Love the way she made it from a t-shirt and what in the world is the prop that’s holding it? KK — shoot me an email and I’ll send off your prize! Although a close runner up is Sue, who inspired February’s selection only to create an entirely different bag that finds the balance between practicality and stylish design.

The March recipe is Irish Soda Bread — to celebrate St. Patrick’s command that all snakes be banished from Ireland. (Any man who hates snakes as much as I do is worthy of homemade carbs.)

(Modified) Cook’s Illustrated Irish Soda Bread:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups bleached all-purpose flour , plus more for work surface
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 tablespoons softened + 1 tablespoon melted)
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (cranberries and cherries are the best)

Directions:

Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.

Whisk flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in large bowl.

Work softened butter into dry ingredients with fork or fingertips until texture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add buttermilk and stir with a fork just until dough begins to come together. Add dried fruit.

Turn out onto flour-coated work surface; knead until dough just becomes cohesive and bumpy, 12 to 14 turns. (Do not knead until dough is smooth, or bread will be tough.)

Pat dough into a round about 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches high; place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheet or in cast-iron pot, if using.

Place the loaf on a cookie sheet and cut a cross shape into the top.

Bake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into center of loaf comes out clean or internal temperature reaches 180 degrees, 40 to 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and brush with melted butter; cool to room temperature, 30 to 40 minutes

I look forward to hearing about your baking and sewing adventures. Don’t forget to post to the One Yard Wonders photo pool!

Fin, let us know what the sewing project is!

~ K

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4 Responses

  1. Oh no — February is over? I mean, I knew that, but somewhere in my brain, I was still planning on getting around to this [now last] month’s project. Me so sleepy….

    Well, on to March then! Soda bread it is!

  2. The bat bag is mine, so thank you! At the risk of losing my prize because you’re afraid to associate with someone like me, I will say that my entire house is decorated like a Halloween fun house year-round. My husband and I share an appreciation of all things creepy so we spend most of the Halloween season shopping for house decor. We’ve got skulls and monsters everywhere and three life-size animatronic figures. My husband actually came into the relationship owning a bad ass rusty scythe and I found the weird hand/claw things in a catalog, which I thought would be perfect for holding it up and displaying it. I live in constant fear that one of the hands will give way and the scythe will fall upon an unsuspecting guest but I keep my fingers crossed that if such an event does occur it will be when my mother-in-law is visiting. Only joking; she’s a lovely woman!

  3. Love that bread. A big thick slice with a layer of butter. YOM!

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