Irish Soda Bread
According to the Internet, Soda bread is not Irish if it contains sugar or raisins. Well, my Saint Patrick’s Day tradition is Irish Soda Bread and the recipe calls for both sugar and raisins. It was a let down to learn that the recipe I’ve been eating all my life wasn’t authentic. I’ve decided that it doesn’t matter. Recipes get handed down through the generations and altered in some way. I suppose this is the Irish-American version of Soda Bread. Whatever version you want to call it, it is my families recipe and I wouldn’t change a thing.
This morning we made French Toast out of this bread. It was a multi-cultural breakfast! I had fun making up names for the french toast. co-mingling the words French and Irish. I wonder if some ancestor is rolling over in their graves right now.
For St. Partick’s day I made Chocolate Stout Brownies with Raspberry Sauce and intend to bring them for a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at Joe’s parents. We are also smack dab in the middle of brewing some Coffee and Donuts Stout. Wish us luck on this batch of beer.
Hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend!
Omit the raisins, add caraway seeds... whatever floats your Irish boat!
Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 min
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
4 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix dry ingredients together with the butter. Form a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Mix the egg with the buttermilk and pour into the well. Mix until combined and add the raisins.
Turn it onto a floured baking sheet (or frying pan) and form into a ball.
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Irish Soda Bread French Toast – I used the above recipe for a loaf of Irish Soda Bread then I dipped it in whisked eggs, milk and cinnamon for a hearty Saint Paddy’s Day breakfast or brunch!