Rustic Berry Tart

My first summer in Ireland is winding down to a close, but that doesn’t mean that nature stops providing.   Along the winding back roads of the countryside, there are countless vines of wild blackberries, ripening in the warm sun.   After enduring scratches and a few painful, thorny stabs, over 10kg of fruit was picked by my boyfriend and I to make our first ever Blackberry Wine (a separate post will come soon!).  Now it’s my turn to reap some rewards from the Blackberry Harvest.

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Rustic Berry Tart
Recipes inspired by Joy of Baking and Taste of Home
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Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Mix, rise, knead, rise… These words have haunted me.  As a teenager, I thought homemade bread came from a bread machine, because I couldn’t imagine how a person could stand punching and twisting dough for ten minutes straight.  Here I am, sharing these unbelievable photos of bread that I made, and I can hardly keep in my joy.

Yes, as a millennial (Gen-Y), I might be a little naive saying that bread is hard to make.  But it didn’t come from a bag!  It only has flour, water, oil, and yeast in it!  Look, ma!

Personally, I adore making things from scratch.  I enjoy the challenge of it.  Best of all is when I contemplate about how people did this all the time and didn’t blog about it.  Imagine that!

Another challenge is keeping your sourdough starter alive.  It’s easy to make but easier to forget about.  If tended to like a small child, you could have bread like this every day.  I give credit for this amazing bread to the blog The Kitchn, for holding my hand through raising my “baby” all the way through the baking process.  Astounding teachers, they are! (I like my bread to have a little wheat flour, so my version reflects those changes.  If you’d like a white-flour-only version, check out their original recipe linked below!)  Happy Kneading!

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Sourdough Sandwich Bread
recipe modified from The Kitchn
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Cahersiveen Festival of Music and The Arts

We had a wonderful Saturday at the Cahersiveen Festival. So many lovely people came over to chat. My favorite recipes of the day were “Kerry Cake,” a tie-dyed green and yellow cake to represent County Kerry, and Red Velvet, of course. Next time I’m invited to a market like this, I’ll make sure to bring LOTS more!

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