The holiday season has officially ended for me.
My favorite REAL holiday, that is.
Anyone who knows me knows that the Super Bowl is a holiday to me, and constitutes as my favorite holiday of all time. But, St. Patrick’s Day, being a faithful Irish girl, is a close second.
There are a few recipes I’ve been wanting to get to that make me think of Irish food, and this is one of them.
I’ve wanted to try Irish Soda bread for a while now. I love making quick breads because I’m a huge carb-fiend who can’t wait for yeast breads to rise and rise, and then rise some more.
Now, at the risk of sounding completely ridiculous, I have to admit that I didn’t know what exactly the ‘soda’ meant in Irish Soda bread. To be honest, I thought Ireland had completely different ideas about what soda was, and I fretted over the idea of trying to find Irish Soda. I know, I’m kind of an airhead sometimes. Imagine my relief when I found out I had all the ingredients I would need right in my pantry!
This bread is dense and moist and slightly sweet. For my first foray into Irish Soda bread making, I would say I was very successful!
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
Preheat oven 350F.
Mix all of the ingredients together, starting with the dry and ending with wet ingredients, in a bowl until a dough forms. You may need a little extra flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
Form a round with the dough and place on a greased cookie sheet. Use a knife to score an ‘X’ in the top of the dough.
Bake for 1 hour.
Cut into slices and serve hot.