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Cast Iron Baked Irish Soda Bread

There has been a shortage in some stores of yeast. Several people have been posting that they can’t find yeast in their local stores due to the Coronavirus. One such poster shared her favorite recipe for Irish soda bread which does not require yeast. The recipe calls for baking soda for the leavening in the bread rather than regular yeast.

I heard good reviews on this bread and set out to bake some myself. Of course, I love to bake in my little 6 inch cast iron skillet so I modified the recipe to fit into my original No. 3 cast iron pan.

Irish Soda Bread Baked in Cast Iron

I baked my Irish soda bread using the recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking site. To achieve the right amount of bread to bake in my cast iron pan, I cut the recipe in half. I also found that I didn’t need as much milk as called for so do be careful not to add too much milk as you make your dough ball.

Irish soda bread before baking.
Irish Soda Bread before baking

The Irish soda bread rose very nicely and I baked it the initial 15 minutes at 425 F degrees and then about 18-19 minutes at 400 F. Halfing the recipe provided for just the right amount of bread for two generous servings for my husband and I. I served my Irish soda bread along with a bowl of homemade stew. The heavier Irish soda bread went well with our stew meal.

Overall I love the idea of using alternate yeast sources especially during these times of shortages that we are facing. Another alternate to regular bread yeast is wild sourdough yeast. Here is my wild sourdough starter directions. Anyone can make wild sourdough yeast at home. It is made by capturing wild yeast from the air and creating a natural sourdough yeast starter.

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Mini Cast Iron Cornbread

Here is a new cast iron cornbread idea that I want to share. I frequently need just a small batch of cornbread as I am generally just cooking for two. Using my vintage #3 cast iron skillet is just the right sized pan for cornbread for two. My old #3 cast iron skillet is nearly 7 inches wide. Official size stamped on the bottom says 6-5/8 inches.
Cornbread in Cast-Iron #3

I used a small recipe of cornbread and filled my cast iron skillet about 3/4 of the way full and then baked at 400 degrees for about 15-16 minutes. Watch for the light browning before Continue Reading →

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Grilled Sandwich on the Woodstove

Power out and want a grilled sandwich? No problem, just grab your cast iron skillet and put it on the woodstove.
Grilled Sandwich on the Woodstove

Here is a closeup of the ham and cheese sandwich grilling nicely on the woodstove top.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You might of noticed the handmade skillet handle cover. This handle cover is crocheted from an old tee-shirt. Full pattern directions found here for the cast iron handle cover. These handcrafted handle covers work great on cast iron pots and skillets. I love that you can just leave the handle cover on as you cook in the pan.

So should you find yourself out of power as we did today, you can always grill up a nice and hot sandwich on your woodstove top. Even if the power isn’t out, this is an useful idea for anyone wanting to try their hand at woodstove cooking.

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Warming Pizza in Cast Iron Skillet

We enjoy our leftover pizza warmed up. The problem is that most people microwave it to warm it up. Microwaving leftover pizza tends to leave it soggy and the crust limp.

If you read this blog occasionally, you will know that I love and use cast iron skillets and pots for cooking and baking quite often. I love my cast iron pans and find new uses for them all the time. So… I figured I would try putting a few pieces of leftover pizza in my big skillet to warm it up. In my first attempt, I scorched the bottom of the pizza crust. I found you want to keep the heat lower and allow extra minutes to warm the pizza slowly.

My 2nd attempt warming pizza in the cast iron pan turned out wonderfully. Not only does the crust stay nice and crisp but the topping heats up and everything turns out great. Tasted almost like freshly baked pizza. So here are the details for successfully warming pizza in a cast iron skillet.

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Cast Iron Skillet Rolls

Sometimes I just need a few bread rolls and don’t want to bother with a large bread recipe. This is a small recipe for rolls baked in an 8 inch cast iron skillet.



Cast Iron Skillet Rolls

Ingredients:
1-2 cups of flour
1 package of yeast
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp wheat germ (optional)
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
Butter if desired to brush on top of risen rolls
Water as needed for dough ball

Proof yeast with 1/3 cup of warm water (115 f degrees) with yeast and 1/2 tsp of sugar.

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Dutch Oven Pot Roast Meal

Roasting a pot roast meal in a Dutch Oven is so easy and good tasting. So when it comes to the proverbial question, “What’s for dinner?” You can say a wonderful pot roast meal. Not only is it great tasting but super easy to put together. Once you start cooking with cast iron, you will love the results and easy cast iron care steps.

Just place a 3-4 pound beef roast in the Dutch Oven. I like to use a cast iron trivet in the bottom to keep the meat up from the bottom but it’s not necessary if you don’t have one. Season the meat with all goodies you like on it such as seasoning salt, pepper, onion, garlic, sage, few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and some beef broth. I like to put all the ingredients in a large measuring cup and mix it all up and pour it over the meat and veggies.

Next add the potatoes, some slices of onion and other veggies. I used carrots and some sliced celery too. Again I like to pour the seasoning and broth over the meat and veggies before baking.

Put the lid on the Dutch Oven and bake Continue Reading →

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