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 frugalculture.org!
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)
½ cup butter (or 1 stick)
"fistful" of caraway seeds and raisins (that's exactly how she said it)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl
- In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk & eggs
- Melt butter and add to buttermilk & egg mixture
- 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.
- 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.