Featured Book: Little Old Lady Recipes by Meg Favreau
Today’s Weekend Cooking post is from a cookbook I received from my friends over at Quirk Books. When I heard the pitch (and title of this book), I was sold. With visions of comfort food and mothballs dancing through my head, I dove into the almost pocket-sized Little Old Lady Recipes by Meg Favreau.
The recipes didn’t disappoint, but I found myself wishing for photos of the completed recipes. The photos of the ‘little old ladies’, along with their words of wisdom, were a nice touch! Exotic (and daunting) ingredients–lard! sour milk! liver!–begged to be put to use, but since I’m a bit of a milksop when it comes to culinary adventure, I played it safe.
The recipe was straightforward–only five ingredients–and a snap to make. The recipe called for ‘plumping’ the raisins so I gave them a nice soak in boiling water. If I learn nothing else from this cookbook, that this trick alone was worth it. My golden raisins plumped up beautifully; I could really taste a difference when I sampled this bread.
The recipe came together in three minutes and take heed: when the instructions say the dough will be sticky, it WILL be!
I baked this guy for 45 minutes and it came out perfectly. Next time I make it, I’ll be more careful not to have loose flour on the top because it made the baked bread look a bit powdery. No matter, it didn’t impact the taste a whit! I sliced it up right out of the oven and we ate our bread and watched a photo slide show of our recent trip to Ireland. Now that’s what Sunday mornings are made for!
IRISH SODA BREAD
Little Old Lady Recipes by Meg Favreau
- 2 1/4 cups flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups raisins, plumped in hot water and drained