What is it about homemade bread that is so special? Is it the nostalgia of a by gone era? I remember when I was young, the only time I experienced homemade bread was during special occasion dinners and maybe an occasional Sunday. I love that something so simple can bring such pleasure so easily. Or am I being melodramatic? Doesnt matter! To create more happy and special moments in my familys life, Ive decided to bake more of my own bread. What makes homemade bread special for you?
Today’s post is a quick and easy way to give a nice flavor pop to your dinner bread routine. I truly enjoy soda breads. Not just because they are easier to make than a standard yeast bread, but because they have such an interesting flavor and texture. This Olive and Sun Dried Tomato Bread is no exception. The bold flavors of kalamata olives paired with the sweet tang of jarred sun dried tomatoes will go nicely with a variety menu’s. The left over bread is great the next morning for buttered toast, or maybe a hearty (albeit crumbly) sandwich for lunch. This bread is also a nice accompaniment for soups and stews.
Soda bread is a bread that is leavened with soda instead of yeast, with Irish Soda Bread probably being the most famous. Some people call it quick bread, some even call it peasant bread. Whatever you want to call it, you are sure to enjoy it. My 10 year old son Thompson was actually thrilled to help. He has recently discovered the Kitchenaid mixer and enjoys watching the ingredients come together in the bowl. Okay, the next loaf of bread will be of Thompson’s design! It will be fun to see what he comes up with.