With St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share my aunt’s recipe for Irish soda bread. Here in the United States, people often make Irish soda bread to celebrate the holiday. I remember my growing up, my Grandma Sheila, an immigrant from Ireland, would always make it around the holiday. For me, she’d always make sure to make a loaf without the raisins.
Each year, around this time, someone in my family is sure to make it, whether it’s my Mom or Grandma. But, this year, I learned how to make my aunt’s recipe when she was visiting from Ireland. Now I’m passing it on to all of you, so that for this year’s holiday you can make it for yourself. It’s rather easy, so there’s no excuse not to make a few loaves this weekend to celebrate the Irish holiday.
4 cups all purpose flour
1 teasp. salt
1 teasp. baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup dried fruit (raisins, currants) (Optional)
1. Sift together flour, salt and soda. If you are using fruit, add to the sifted ingredients.
2. Mix well.
3. Add 2 cups buttermilk and mix to a soft dough
4. Turn onto floured board and knead lightly
5. Put into a greased and floured cake tin
6. Bake at 360 for approx. an hour
7. Remove from tin and turn upside down in cake tin for 5-10 minutes.
8. Tap the bottom of the bread. If you get a hollow sound when you tap it, the bread is done.
Cut it up while it’s still warm, spread on the butter, and enjoy!
Serve with an Irish coffee and the perfect St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are in store! Hope you have a grand St. Patrick’s Day!