Irish Soda Bread

It’s March. Let me repeat: IT’S MARCH. I mean, when did this happen? I get we’ve made it through January and February … but holy, time flies Batman where’s 2016 gone? Putting my calendar-related panic aside, let’s talk about the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! BRING ON THE GREEN TINTED SHENANIGANS.

There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than parades, green beer, cabbage, corned beef, and stout brownies. A lot more, like soda bread. Soda bread is, more often than not, associated with Ireland, hence people calling this quick bread Irish Soda Bread (historical fact: this bread probably saved a lot of lives during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845). One of the most delightful things about this bread is, just like it’s name promises, it’s quick to make. From start to finish it probably takes 30 minutes or so to make, which makes it perfect if you suddenly find yourself with a houseful of people and need bread … as one does from time to time (no really, it happens).

Some of you out there are probably studying my photo and wondering where one, somewhat traditional, soda bread ingredient is. Well, friends, I’m here to tell you that I’m harboring a deep, dark secret: I legit can’t with raisins. I will not willingly eat them, so when I’m in charge of cooking and baking you will not find little shriveled grapes in ANYTHING. That, however, should not stop you if you are a lover of raisins (a half cup should be plenty, btw).31raisins-617416_1920

Sidebar: I can’t decide how I feel about Downton Abbey coming to an end on Sunday. No, that’s not true. I’m anticipating a bit of devastation happening. There might even be tears. And can I just take a moment to say all of the sudden, after seasons of LOATHING him, I am in the midst of having a Barrow feels meltdown … I mean: they went and made him human and now I have no choice but to wibble along side him when he cries.


Irish Soda Bread
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¼ cup heavy whipping cream
¾ cup 2% milk
1 tsp white vinegar
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the milk and vinegar. Let stand 10 minutes, or until curdled.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir in the curdled milk mixture until smooth. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface, and shape into a mounded disc. Place the disc into a cast iron skillet (ps – if you don’t have a cast iron skillet you can use a normal baking sheet).

Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust feels firm to the touch and the bread sounds hollow when you knock on hit.

What do you make for St. Patrick’s Day? Have you tried this recipe? How was it? Let us know in the comments.

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“Irish Soda Bread”
  • You’re good with the raisin thing. When the Irish say “soda bread” they generally mean what Irish-Americans call “brown bread,” although it could also be the bread you’re making here with white flour. The bread with raisins is traditionally called “raisin bread.” Irish-Americans are not on board with this but my mother-in-law was quite adamant, and when I’ve been in Ireland it’s always been as she explained. What you’re making here is what my mother-in-law would definitely consider traditional soda bread, and she, who also hated raisins, and who was not crazy about brown bread, would LOVE it!

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