Irish Soda Bread

Is it just me or does March feel like the longest of all months in the year? The only saving grace (besides my son's birthday) is St. Patrick's Day!


Growing up and still to this day my father makes the BIGGEST deal about the holiday. He thinks he's more Irish than he actually is. It's the one day of lent my dad breaks his lenten promise of no alcohol and he does not take this lightly!


It's also a time when my mom makes Irish soda bread. One of the only things she makes well my sisters and I joke (she makes lots of things well, haha).


Now that I am out of the house and can't enjoy my mom's soda bread I figure it's about time I make my own! Here's how I did it, it's super simple, a little less guilty, and can be made with pretty much things you have lying around!



Ingredients:

1/2 cup of sugar

4 cups of all purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

3 cups of raisins

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 1/4 cup almond milk

1 cup sour cream


Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease/butter a 9 inch round baking or cake pan.

  2. In a large bowl mix flour (saving just a little bit), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and raisins.

  3. In a smaller bowl mix eggs, sour cream, and almond milk.

  4. Stirring slowly, add the wet ingredients into the dry.

  5. Mix just until flour is moistened.

  6. Knead dough in bowl about 10-12 stroked. Dough will be sticky. Scrape the sides of the bowl and roll the dough into the pan.

  7. Cut an X in the top and dust with remaining flour.

  8. Bake in oven for about 60-75 minutes or until a knife can be inserted and come out dry and clean.

  9. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes.


And there you have it! We love to enjoy ours with coffee and Irish butter! Enjoy!



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