February 21, 2012

from my kitchen- Irish Soda Bread

St Patty's Day had always been a special day for our family, if there isn't a party then we'll usually find one or go to the parade or a street festival. This year, Bill, Mom and I are going down to Charlotte to my cousin Jeanmarie and  her husband Hans house for a  party. 

Did you all know that I was actually supposed to be born on St Patty's Day, but I came early? 

Anyway,  when I spoke to my cousin last night we agreed that my contribution to the party would be the Irish Soda bread. You know how I love to bake, and I have such a good recipe anyway, why wouldn't I? Hans will be cooking the corned beef and cabbage, Irish beers will be flowing as this adult only party. 

I'd decided to share my recipe for Irish Soda bread with all of you so that you can have it in advance of the holiday. Try it, you'll like it very much it's the best I've ever tried. 

And if your looking for the recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage, go visit my friend Liz over at A NUT IN A NUTSHELL, since apparently great minds think alike!
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      Irish Soda Bread

4 c sifted flour
1 1/2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 c sugar
1 c raisins (or cranberries for a nice change)
2 tbsp melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups buttermilk

1 tbsp caraway seeds
Mix dry ingredients. Mix butter, eggs and buttermilk. Stir into dry ingredients. Use a 2 qt pan (like a pyrex) because it works the best  since this batter is rather moist. (it may be necessary to add more flour). Don't forget to put the cross on top with a knife..
 Bake at 350 degrees for 1.25 hours.


  1. Jen, this is very timely! I spend nights at my fathers on Fridays. I will try/make this on the 16th of March just in time. It looks delicious. Is it IDIOT proof? lol

  2. I like this great minds comment of yours, lol! :) Anyhow, that is something I so want to try but hadn't yet, so I'm very glad you posted the recipe. It looks fan-tastic!

  3. Looks yummy! And totally doable.

    Yay for St Patty's Day in Charlotte!

  4. oh yummmm!!!
    We are Irish too.
    I'm so going to try this out. I normally make corned beef and cabbage. But this would be the icing on the cake...and beer.

    1. It is best with corned beef and cabbage and a pint of course!

  5. Ok. a few things. 1. What the HECK are caraway seeds? see - I need ingredients like "water" bring to a boil.. and crap like that. but It looks so good. I keep telling myself I've gotta get my crap together and start doing more. So - I might bake this.
    2. Everytime I come over here it looks better and better. I love all the small touches you keep putting on the blog.
    3. I did not forget our photography session. Life has been CRAZY!!!

    oh - miss our little chats :)


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