While I’m at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, reliving all the parades I marched in as a student playing the trumpet, I thought that some of you might like to try your hand at making what is an integral part of my celebration every March 17th… Irish Soda Bread.
There are many recipes for Irish Soda Bread, but this is my favorite; it is more like a cake than a bread. It is moist and flavorful and makes the house smell wonderful. It can be baked in a round or loaf pan.
It is not my recipe; it belongs to my high school friend, Maureen Duffy. It was handed down to her from family in Ireland.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe – Serves 10
3 cups of all purpose flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 and 1/4 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of caraway seeds
16 oz container of sour cream
1 stick of butter
Mix all dry ingredients together
Add eggs, sour cream and butter
Blend caraway seeds and raisins into the batter
Pour in a large round pan or loaf pan
Brush top with melted butter
Sprinkle the top lightly with a bit of sugar and a little nutmeg
Bake @ 370 degrees for 1 and 1/4 hrs
Use a tooth pick or cake tester to check that the Irish Soda Bread is done; remove from oven; let cool for 10 min. before removing from pan. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting.