I may have married an Italian, but I have Irish roots that run deep. (HELLO! Maiden name FLYNN!) I make Irish Soda bread all the time. Even thought I don’t save it for St. Patrick’s Day, I know this quick, easy and DELICIOUS version would be perfect for other Irish celebrations! It’s perfect for cool mornings, and soft rains, and for setting up to watch for the Wee People outside.
Quick and Easy Irish Soda Bread
- 4 C Flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 4 TBSA butter
- 1 C raisins
- 1 TBSP caraways seeds (if wanted)
- 1 3/4 c buttermilk
- 1 egg, beaten
- In a large bowl mix dry ingredients
- Cut in the butter (I use my hands) until it looks crumbly
- Add in raisins and caraways seeds, if using-
- Stir in the buttermilk and beaten egg. until just mixed together
- Plop onto a floured surface, and knead 5 times.
- Pat into a flat circle.
- Place into a well greases cast iron pan. If you have your Granny's, its even better. If not, oh, well, that's okay, too
- Cut an "X" into the dough.
- Bake at 425 for 35-45 minutes, until well browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
- Enjoy with all the Irish trappings- but my favorite is a slice, toasted, with butter and jam, and pot of tea.
Of course, it goes with the typical Corned Beef and cabbage, and a lovely stew, but I love it best, toasted, with butter and jam and a pot of tea, and lots of conversation about my dear Grandma Beulah. What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day food? And if you try the bread, come back and tell me how you like it!