Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day & Irish Soda Bread

I put this tasty bread into the oven this morning and the house smelled like St. Patrick's Day. No, no corned beef or cabbage, but a lovely traditional Irish Soda Bread. Warm, mildly sweet with currants and (not today) caraway seeds.

Irish Soda Bread

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Use 2 Tablespoons of butter to season the skillet (or pan)
Whisk together:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup currants
Add, mixed:
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs well beaten
Put the bread in the skillet, pan or dish. Dot with 2 Tablespoons butter. Bake for 1 hour.
Cool and turn out or serve from the pan.

It will be served with strawberries.

How are you celebrating?

Later tonight, we'll enjoy this roast. Which spent the night soaking in herbs and Guinness!

More on that later.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.


  1. Yum! I am celebrating with homemade pizza... what?
    Well, we are a corned beef and cabbage or colcannon household but the Mr. has left us for March Madness this (long) weekend. He'll be witnessing the green Chicago river and general craziness that is St. Pat's Day in Chicago along with all the basketball. We'll have our corned beef next week. So tonight it will be pizza with green toppings at our house. Pesto, green peppers, olives, arugula, spinach... a whole lot to choose from! Green milk for the kiddos and a Harp for Mama!
    That bread looks so very lovely!

  2. I feel so Irish just looking at the delightful soda bread in your cast iron skillet! xo

  3. Important safety tip. If you bake it in the skillet, flip it out to cool. A cast iron skillet retains heat and will continue to cook your lovely bread into dark dryness. Ask me how I know...