Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For as long as I have been with Greg, there has been on constant on St. Patrick’s Day– his mom’s Irish Soda Bread. Each year she makes him a loaf to enjoy (and she’ll make a raisin-less one for me).
Side note: Raisins don’t belong in cooked food. The same goes for currants. Fastest way to ruin bread pudding, cinnamon bread, or a bagel.
For Greg and I, St. Patricks Day usually involves a half marathon in Virginia Beach or a friends wedding. This year we changed it up with a cruise. On our way down, we visited with his parents who had homemade Irish Soda Bread for us. Greg’ mom loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and we love to eat her bread. In honor of this holiday, today’s Make It a Meal is Greg’s mom’s recipe for everyone to enjoy on this festive day.
Jeanmarie’s Irish Soda Bread (adapted from her email)
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk*
- 2 tbs butter melted
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 3 cups of flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tbs baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teas salt
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups raisins
- Couple of good shakes of caraway seeds
* If you don’t want to buy buttermilk, place a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a cup of milk. Let stand for 5 minutes and use. In this case, use 1.5 tablespoons to 1.5 cups of milk.
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Evenly divide into 2 loaf pans.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes
4. Tap on the loafs to test doneness– they should sound hollow
5. Insert a toothpick, if dry you are done.
6. Enjoy with a cup of tea!