Hey everyone- Happy St. Patrick's Day. I thought we might be celebrating today with a parade. Instead, we are celebrating with another snow storm! My kids are off from school and at this rate, they will be going straight through until August to make up all that they have missed. Ugh.
I know I often speak about my Italian heritage, but I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the wee bit o' Irish in me as well. One of my neighbors and great friends, shows up every St. Patrick's Day, rings my doorbell and leaves two loaves of her Irish soda bread on my front porch. Since she is no more than four and a half feet tall (on a good hair day with heels) and her family is all from Ireland, my kids say "Our favorite little leprechaun left us a pot of gold."
Honestly, her soda bread is so good it has be magical. Especially the way it disappears.**(See footnote below) Here is the recipe for my friend Stacey's Irish Soda Bread. However you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I hope you have a great day!
5 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup or one whole stick of butter (unsalted, cut up into cubes) make sure it's at room temp
2 1/2 cups of raisins
3 tablespoons of caraway seeds
2 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an oven proof 10-12 inch skillet with 2-1/2 inch deep sides (go generous with the butter) Whisk together the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Use your fingertips and add the butter, rub in until coarse crumbs start to form. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds. Whisk buttermilk and egg in a medium bowl to blend. Add it to the dough with a wooden spoon stir until well incorporated. The dough will be very sticky. Transfer the dough to the prepared skillet. Smooth out the top, mounding it slightly in the center. Use a sharp knife, dip into flour, cut an X in the top center of the dough. Bake until knife is inserted and comes out clean. (About an hour and fifteen minutes) Cool the bread on a rack. Enjoy. We like to eat ours with butter. But it's delicious plain as well.
** I have tried to make this recipe myself, many times. The kids and The Husband and I all agree; for some crazy reason, even though this is her exact recipe, my soda bread never quite comes out as good as when Stacey makes it. I'm telling you, it's magical. :)
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