Melanie Lysak had requested a recipe for the Irish soda bread that was served at The Tea Cozy restaurant that used to be on Osborne Street. She was also looking for a book that the restaurant owner had told her she was planning to release, but that she hadn't been able to find. Thanks to Roswitha Scharf-Dessureault, the former owner of the The Tea Cozy, who wrote to let me know that her autobiography, Roswitha -- Memories of a Life's Journey, was released earlier this year and is available at her website, www.roswitha-scharf-dessureault.com, and at major bookstores. The inspiring story of her life also contains a small collection of recipes, including Tea Cozy Irish Soda Bread, reprinted today. Thanks also to Arline Botham, Pat Cooper, Ruth Nuttall and Rosie Paulson, who all sent in the recipe and recommend the book.
Bea Cormier has lost a whole-wheat bread recipe that was in the Free Press at least 30 years ago and hopes someone else may have it. The bread was all whole wheat and included molasses, honey, milk and eggs.
Susan Wickler is also hoping someone may have saved a recipe that was published earlier called new-age meat loaf. It included chopped mushrooms and grated carrots.
Lastly, Patti Lamoureux is a former Winnipegger now living in Comox, B.C. , who enjoys reading the column online. One of her favourite foods was the salmon mixture served on a bagel from Partner's Deli, and she would like to get the recipe.
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250 ml (1 cup) flour
125 ml (1/2 cup) water
125 ml (1/2 cup) milk
Pinch of salt
Mix flour, water and milk thoroughly by hand. Add eggs individually, stirring well after each addition. Add salt and stir until light and a little bubbly. Let stand on the counter for at least a couple of hours.
Preheat oven to 205 C (400 F). Put 2 ml (1/2 tsp) oil in each muffin cup and heat until hot. Beat batter a few times, and then fill each muffin cup halfway. Bake for 30 minutes. A favourite served with roast beef and gravy.
Taste Tester Notes: This is easy recipe made 12 individual Yorkshire puddings that puffed up high and light. I used an electric mixer to beat the ingredients initially and then again after resting. I used canola oil in the muffin cups, heated until sizzling hot.
Tea Cozy Irish soda bread
750 ml (3 cups) whole wheat flour
750 ml (3 cups) white flour
75 ml (5 tbsp) baking powder
10 ml (2 tsp) baking soda
2 ml (1/2 tsp) salt
15 ml (1 tbsp) sugar
175 ml (3/4 cup) margarine
750 ml (3 cups) buttermilk
Mix dry ingredients, rub in soft margarine, add buttermilk. Knead at least for 20 strokes. Press into 9-inch round cake tins. Score tops of loaves with an X. Dust with flour. Let rise at least 10 minutes. Bake at 175 C (350 F) for 35 minutes. Makes 3 loaves.
Taste Tester Notes: A very moist soda bread with the extra flavour of whole wheat. I used a pastry blender to mix in the softened margarine. Soda bread is usually best fresh, but I found this was still moist after a couple of days and also froze well, well wrapped in plastic wrap and then placed in a plastic bag. Good served with butter or preserves, or as an accompaniment to soup or stew.