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Soda Bread

I’m sure a quick search of the interwebs today would herald thousands of hits for traditional corned beef and cabbage recipes.  I considered throwing my recipe out there too.  Then I changed my mind because who needs another recipe for corned beef and cabbage?  I still wanted to give a traditional recipe since I’m seriously Irish.  Truthfully, I’m only like half-ish Irish, but I fly that Irish flag high.
Soda bread dates back to approximately 1840 and there are various ways to make it.  This is how we make it.
Christine’s Irish Soda Bread

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons raisins


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Combine egg and buttermilk; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times. Shape into a 5-in. round loaf. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cross about 1/4 in. deep on top of loaf. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all those celebrating today!



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  1. Are YOU wearing green?

  2. Yes, I am! A shirt and, of course, my green shoes!

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