Two for Tuesday: Irish Soda Bread

I love St. Patrick’s Day.  When I was a kid, my grandma made corned beef and cabbage.  When my mother started to make it for us, she also started making Irish soda bread.  We’d eat corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread and watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People.  It became our St. Patrick’s Day tradition.  As I got older, I liked going out to see the parade and drinking with friends before coming home to the home-cooked meal.  There’s nothing better, and this year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday, so I plan to enjoy the parade before feasting.  Whether you make one at home or buy it from the store, try some Irish soda bread for St. Patty’s Day!

Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup raisins (golden or dark or currants or a mix of all)

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

Combine dry ingredients.  (Remember to flour your raisins so they don’t fall to the bottom.)  Combine wet ingredients.  Add to flour mixture.  Stir to incorporate.  Spoon into greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes in pan.  Serve with butter or plain. 

Or buy the store-bought loaf!

Irish soda bread2

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