Continuing with some March family traditions, every St. Patrick’s Day my Mom makes an amazing Irish Soda Bread from a recipe that is my Great Grandma’s. Basically I claim this bread to be the only relevant thing our family has, culture wise, because otherwise we don’t have too many other traditions!
And it is really, really good. I can’t help be a bit picky when it comes to soda bread because of this fact. So to save you all the hassle, here is Great, Great Grandma Kelly’s Irish Soda Bread recipe!:
-3 cups flour (unsifted)
-1/2 cup of sugar
-1/2 cup of raisins (feel free to add! I always do)
-3 teaspoons of baking powder (“one for every cup”)
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-Quarter pound (one stick) of margarine, melted
-1 cup buttermilk
The great sift debate: This year was the first year I had attempted to bake the recipe, and decided to sift the flour. My Mom and Dad immediately noticed a huge difference in the breads texture. If you want a more thick, chewy bread (which we really enjoy), don’t sift the flour. Sifting will make it spongy and soft, and more cake-like (which some people said was more moist).
So heat your oven to 275, and prepare a spring-foam pan by placing some two pieces of wax paper (push half in to the bottom of the pan, and fold the other side around the edge so it stays. Repeat for second piece on the other half).
Then mix your dry ingredients with the raisins. Melt the margarine in a microwave, and add along with eggs and buttermilk. The dough will be very tough and you’ll need to use use some elbow grease to stir it thoroughly. Even after everything is incorporated the dough will be tough (but fun to munch on, if thats your thing!)
Place the pan on a baking/cookie sheet, and place in the oven for 1 hour. You can sprinkle extra raisins on top if you wish.
Once out, let it cool for a half hour (though it’ll taste good hot with melting butter). We love to eat it when its cooled, with some marmalade or jam.
Looks too good to be true, right? If this doesn’t please you, then please enjoy a picture of my fatty kitty: