Irish Soda Bread

May your pockets be heavy-
Your heart be light
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night.


 

years ago my husband and i would venture out on St Patrick’s Day. we would tackle the crowds and hit a pub for some killer Irish stew. one pub in particular served each of us a slice of Irish soda bread with our meal, and it was delicious.

now every year for St Patrick’s Day we stay home.  my husband makes corned beef and cabbage with a side of roasted vegetables.  we have Guiness and some type of Irish cheddar to snack on. and he makes a batch of Irish soda bread that he has perfected over the years.

so this month’s treat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and to celebrate four years of running (yay!), is Irish Soda Bread.

and here is our, well let’s be real, my husband’s recipe.


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Eden’s Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 425.

Tip: I heat a cup of tea and soak the raisins in the tea for about 5 minutes before using them.  Allow raisins to drain completely before using.

2 cake round pans will be used in this recipe.

Lightly butter/grease one cake pan.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender to resemble coarse meal.

Add buttermilk, stirring until all ingredients are mixed through.  Do not overmix.

Mix in caraway seeds and golden raisins.  Let sit 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface gently knead the dough a few times until all the flour is incorporated into the dough.


Shape into a domed round loaf.

 

 

Cut a cross into the top of the loaf, going down about 3/4 of the height to achieve a clover look.  Otherwise I would cut a cross going down about 1/4 of the height.
Pat a tiny bit of flour on the top and bottom of the loaf.

 

 

Place in the greased cake pan, top with the ungreased pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove top cake pan and bake 15 minutes.

The loaf will be browned, and when tapped have a hollow sound.

Serve with softened butter.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day runners.

Sláinte!

-f.


p.s. for a corned beef and cabbage recipe that is pretty and tasty, try this by Foodie Crush. my husband tweaked the recipe just a little.  he is one of those little of this and a little of that kind of guy, a recipe deviator. but more on that later…

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