Monday, March 19, 2012


And I thought it was spring? Supposed to be warmer later this week, so I'm sure the light covering will be melted by tomorrow morning. But for today - Brrrr!

Also, for St. Patrick's Day I decided to bake something Irish. Swedes don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but since we were having people over for dinner I bought some Guinness and baked, for the first time, Irish Soda Bread. The recipe called for baking the dough in a cast iron skillet, but we didn't have one. I had read in other recipes that you could bake the dough on a baking sheet. It would spread out a bit and it wouldn't be completely uniform, but that was ok.

When I poured the dough on the baking sheet, it spread out more than I wanted it to. I pushed it together in the middle and put it in the oven. After about a minute I checked in on it. The dough had spread out all over the baking sheet and was starting to drip off the sides. Panic!

I took it out of the oven and tried to pour the dough off of that baking sheet into another baking tray that has sides. This wasn't as successful as you might think, since dough doesn't pour in a nice funnel, it just runs off the entire tray. But then I realized that I didn't really want the dough to spread out on the entire baking tray, because then I would have more of a cookie than a loaf of bread. So I took out a largish pie plate and tried to pour the dough into that instead.

This process resulted in this:

Dough everywhere!
Eventually I managed to salvage the situation and I scooped the remaining dough into the pie plate. It baked wonderfully and tasted great! Happy ending after all!


Anonymous said...

The test of a true craft person is their ability to fix the mistakes so no one notices.


Jon said...

Stumbled across your blog while researching life in Uppsala. As someone who enjoys most sport, highly popular or not, reading about the sport of Orienteering is interesting. Based on your experiences, the thought of spending two months to train in Uppsala looks better and better. Cheers!

Samantha said...

Thanks, Jon, for reading! Uppsala is a beautiful city and orienteering is a fantastic sport. Look up a local schedule wherever you are and try it yourself!