Everyone is at least a little bit Irish on this of all occasions. The drinks, the meals, the desserts and the entertainment of the day bring forth a celebration not for one but all.
Being a lover of the foods and a cook within my own rite, I believe the best part of St. Patrick’s Day is the delicious aroma and taste of Irish Soda Bread. Passed down from generation to generation, a recipe builds upon the likes of each. Irish Soda bread compliments a variety of meals, so don’t be afraid to just make a loaf anytime of the year.
Space to knead Bread – I like to use the kitchen table
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup of Oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 Tbs Sugar
2 Tsp Salt
1 Tbs Caraway Seeds (Optional)
¾ tsp Baking Soda
¼ tsp Cream of Tarter
1 ¼ cup of Buttermilk
½ cup of Raisins (Optional)
1 Tbs. Butter or margarine melted
¼ cup of Walnuts (optional)
3-4 drops of green food coloring (Optional, more or less based on the desired darkness of color)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except buttermilk, raisins, walnuts, food coloring and butter.
- Gradually stir in buttermilk, raisins, walnuts and food coloring. Mixing until just moistened.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1min or until smooth.
- Shape Dough into a ball and place on well-greased cookie sheet
- Flatten to form a 7 inch circle. Cut a cross into the loaf about a ¼ inch deep.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Brush with butter and allow to completely cool.
- Cut a slice off, slather it with some real Irish butter and enjoy. Umm, umm, umm.
As you see, it’s not hard at all to have a little Irish in you. Your taste buds will revel in the joys of the aroma, your mouth will thank you for the treat. I often make two loaves so that I can easily hide the evidence for a later treat.
May the luck of the Irish shine down upon you!