The approach to Imbolc is the perfect time create different things with your hands. The Patron Goddess Brighid of Imbolc is about community and smith-craft. Baking bread is a great option to use your hands, make something from scratch and it comes packed with loads of health benefits. Kneading bread is therapeutic and then even better to ingest what you've created; I whisper to my bread how much I love it during the kneading process to create better energy. No, I'm kidding. I'm normally thinking how long it's going to take to rid the gooey flour off my hands and why more ends up on my hands then on the loaf?
Bread has been a vital part of our existence for thousands of years. Anyone who has ever been to Ireland and ordered soup in a pub( with a cheeky pint) knows it arrives with the world famous Irish soda bread. It is a wonderful addition to any meal and always better when homemade. As I'm not a baker and most of my baking attempts end in epic fails, the discovery of this recipe has been a welcome addition. To date I haven't screwed up too royally with it.
Living in England offers the opportunity to buy local products such as flour from Lode Mill which is milled onsite of Anglesey Abbey. This is a National Trust working estate and set within some of the most magnificent grounds I've ever seen. Come visit me and I promise to take you there.
It's messy, it's not pretty and I promise it will turn out divine.
Now the disco dancing begins in the kitchen while you wait for it to cook; this is a good idea especially if you've eaten the whole bag of red berries like I did.
This finished loaf that somehow looks vaguely like a football. Not quite the shape I was hoping for but it tastes amazing. And I made it! Really, those that have bared witness to my baking skills know this is a true feat.
Enjoy your freshly baked bread with blackcurrant jam and butter.
So there you have it. A simple recipe that does the body and spirit wonders of good. It costs very little to make, you know exactly what's in it and it comes with a heavenly taste. It is always better shared with friends. Plan a brunch, make mimosas and bake this lovely soda bread. You friends will be amazed or slightly drunk( from the mimosas) and won't really notice if it doesn't come out perfect. Win win!
If you try and love it, please let me know or share it with friends if you'd prefer they make it for you. This is a nice option too. Enjoy!
Here's the recipe.