traybakes & more

retro recipes for the modern baker

Category: Breads/scones

Fruit Soda Bread

Soda bread is remarkably quick and easy to make. There is no yeast involved, no proving or kneading, you just mix everything together, shape it and bake it!  All the rising comes from the reaction of the baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and buttermilk.

This Fruit Soda Bread is a firm favorite in the Traybakes’ household. While best eaten on the day it’s made (especially with a generous slathering of butter) it’s also good toasted, if you have any left after a day or two!

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Tea Loaf

I drink a lot of tea. I consider it to be a normal amount, but it’s probably well above average for my little corner of suburban Massachusetts.  Perfectly normal for Northern Ireland though.  And tea features in my baking this week.  This is a recipe for Tea Loaf.  A simple, straightforward bake that requires very little hands-on time.

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Plain Scones

Another non-traybake recipe.  But scones are very traditional in Northern Ireland and there was a recipe in one of my books, so here it is!

This is a recipe for plain scones.  No additions.   No sickly, sugary glazes (American scones, I’m looking at you here).  Just plain scones, best eaten while still warm and fresh from the oven.  With butter and jam.  Or clotted cream, if you live somewhere you can buy the proper stuff.

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