Irish Soda Bread-yellow color, not nice smell or taste.
I have been baking with a dutch oven type pan (cast iron, good sized casserole dish with lid), i have been making Irish soda bread traditional.
My first attempt was decent (using buttermilk, white plain flower,salt, bicarb. soda) just could of done with a little longer in the oven for a better crust. My second attempt was where the problem occurred. I used a substitute buttermilk, it was the milk and juice of lemon 2 table spoons to 500ml of milk. This time i made sure it was cooked for long enough, 30 minutes with lid on and around 15 minutes with lid off this produced what i think a lovely looking loaf with a nice crust to it. I was so looking forward to trying it.
So when i got up this morning, coffee on the go i broke a chunk off...low and behold the bread looked a strange color....it had a yellow tinge to it. i smelled it and it just didn't seem quite nice. i had a little taste and it didn't taste quite right either so i binned it unhappily... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thank you.
(p.s just as i write this i have done another soda bread, this time i used sour cream as a substitute with a little milk added as it was too thick. Again bread looks great, had it in even longer this time proper good crust, i will wait till it cools down properly before i look inside it).
Update, again bread came out of the cast iron pot looking lovely, nice thick crust on it. Unfortunately that yellow tinge was there again and it didn't taste right, not as bad as the other one but it is still there...Only thing i can deduce from these 2 failed attempts is that it is the lack of buttermilk that is the problem? rather than using alternatives.