Thank you so much for hosting me today. Something to Prove is the third book in the O'Leary series, and like the previous books, it contains a recipe that is personal to one of the characters. Colin O'Leary has been away from home for years and one of his comfort foods is his mom's Traditional Irish Soda Bread.
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Traditional Irish Soda Bread
3 ½ c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 ¾ c buttermilk*
*Although the recipe can be made using regular milk, the taste and texture are much better if you use buttermilk.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease and flour a round cake pan (8 or 9 inch).
In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Pour in 1 ½ c of buttermilk and mix quickly. Add in remaining ¼ c buttermilk and mix. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead for only a few seconds to make sure it holds together. Shape into a round disk and place in the prepared cake pan. Cut a cross in the top of the bread. Cover with another cake pan.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove top cake pan and bake an additional 15 minutes. When bread is done, you will hear a hollow sound when you thump the bottom.
Slice and enjoy with butter.
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Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families—and find there may be more to their partnership than just business…
Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she’s capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she’ll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights…
Colin O’Leary’s father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn’t a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he’s responsible enough to own a bar of his own—and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers—and passions—flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure—or will they have to choose between the two?
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