Friday, October 27, 2006

Halloween bread, accidentally

I tried a baking experiment today: I made Irish soda bread with all-organic ingredients. I should've waited until Halloween, because the bread has a creepy aspect. It looks like it's made with spiderwebs. When you break the bread, hundreds of tiny filaments separate between the pieces. It looks remarkably like a spider's web, or maybe like I threw 1/3 cup of fiberglass into the batter. It tastes fine, and you can't feel the spiderwebs when you eat it. But it's still a little unpleasant to look at. I've made it before with non-organic ingredients, and I didn't have the spiderweb problem. I think it might be the organic sugar, which was much coarser than usual granulated sugar; it must have somehow turned itself into cotton candy. For reference, here's the recipe:

3 cups organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon organic turbinado sugar
1 egg, organic, lightly beaten
2 cups organic buttermilk
1/4 cup organic butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9X5 loaf pan.

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the dry ingredients. Mix until just moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into loaf pan.

Bake for 65-70 minutes. Cool on a wire rack; wrap in foil. The bread's flavor improves if you let it sit for a few hours before serving.

Not surprisingly, they don't make organic baking soda. In order to be considered an organic foodstuff, you probably need to be an organic compound. Heh heh, get it? Chemistry humor!

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