Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are the best kind of cookie. I just love them, and I certainly cannot be trusted with a plate of them sitting around.  I’m sure there are valid arguments for chocolate chip or frosted sugar cookies, but peanut butter will always be my favorite. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

I love Irish Soda Bread.  I love its rustic crust.  I love it with salty Irish butter smeared on top.  I love it with whole wheat flour (which makes it Irish Brown Bread). I love it with raisins (which make it a Spotted Dog).  I love it with caraway seeds (what on Earth does that make it?).  With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, it is a staple quick bread, regardless of what you add to it or what you call it. 

When I made this beautiful loaf last week, I wanted a simple recipe using the basics – flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk (and caraway seeds because I couldn’t resist that distinctive flavor).  Where do I start when I’m looking for simple?  Alice Waters.  That’s where.  She has not let me down yet.