Irish Soda Bread for St Patrick's Day

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It's beginning to dawn on me that maybe what I really wanted all along was a food blog. It's more convenient to have all my favorite recipes in one place, and that place seems to be!

Here's a recipe for Irish Soda Bread from my Irish mother-in-law, who's a lovely lassie complete with red hair. Doesn't that sound so old-fashioned? The stereotypical housewife asking her mother-in-law for family recipes to cook for her husband. And boy am I glad I did! It's delicious and practically foolproof.

This is my go-to recipe for Irish Soda Bread, and makes one large loaf that fills a large bundt pan (which said mother-in-law gave me for Christmas one year) or two smaller ones.

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar with each cup of regular/soy milk)
2 eggs
½ cup butter (or 1 stick)
"fistful" of caraway seeds and raisins (that's exactly how she said it)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl
  3. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk & eggs
  4. Melt butter and add to buttermilk & egg mixture
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, along with caraway seeds & raisins. Stir with a light touch, trying to avoid overmixing. The batter will be lumpy, which is exactly how it should be.
  6. Bake in a greased bundt pan for 40 minutes or divide in half and shape into roundish loaves and place on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes.

    P.S. I've heard that it makes a nice base for French toast, too.

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