Friday, March 16, 2007

Irish soda bread

Getting ready for Saint Patrick's day tomorrow, my son, Joseph and I made some Irish soda bread tonight. I'm telling you, it was delicious! It really tasted too good for a Lenten Friday. We used my friend, Mary Maguire's old time recipe. We doubled this recipe to make two loaves; one for tonight (just to make sure it tasted good!) and one for tomorrow!

Here is the recipe:

3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. caraway seeds (optional)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup raisins

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and caraway seeds in a large bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly; stir in raisins and sugar. Add beaten egg and buttermilk to mixture; stir until dough clings together. On lightly floured surface, knead gently and shape into ball. Grease and flour cake pan lightly; pat to fit pan. Brush top with beaten egg and cut a deep cross in top of bread with sharp knife. Bake in about 350 degrees oven for about an hour or until a cake pick, inserted in center, comes out clean. Place on wire rack and brush top with butter.

We substituted soy butter for the butter and we shaped our loaves into rounds and baked them on cookie sheets rather than in cake pans, both ways work well. We didn't put an egg wash on top this time. Sometimes I use half whole wheat flour and half unbleached white flour to make the bread a bit more nutritious. Also, I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't usually have buttermilk on hand, so instead, I use regular milk with a couple of tablespoons of cider vinegar mixed in to curdle it. Don't worry, this is safe and some recipes give this option.

Every time we make Irish soda bread we ask ourselves why we only make this bread at St. Patrick's day when it tastes so delicious!


Charlie Arceneaux said...

Oh, my great-aunt used to make this kind of bread every Lent and I've been looking all over for the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this recipe. This will be our bread tomorrow. Happy St. Patrck's Day to you!

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

You are very welcome. Enjoy your bread. Happy St. Patrick's day!

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

You're welcome, Charlie! Happy St. Patrick's day!