Step one - have a good friend.
Yes, this is a repeat of the same post I write - or similar, anywho - every stinkin' St. Paddy's Day. So sue me. When you've got a good thing, and you know it - why go offroading?
I love all things Irish. (Except maybe beer, because I am no drinker of the beer, that's for sure. Any beer. I'm not discriminating here.) Irish whiskey, Irish music, Irish dance, Irish scenery, Irish foods - and Irish men, let's not forget those. One day, when I am old, I shall be able to say that I visited Ireland. (This is not the year for that, boohoo.)I belong to an Irish group in my city, although lately my life is not my own and I've missed a few more than a few meetings.
My friend Gerrie gets a blog feature every year, because she gave me the very best recipe for Irish Soda bread. When I was a kid, I was BITTERLY disappointed that Irish Soda bread contained no soda - even back then, I had a serious sweet tooth. This is an easy to stir up bread that makes two 8" circle loaves - enough to enjoy for your breakfast and send half to work with your husband, because you know you will eat both loaves if you have the chance.
Taitneamh a bhaint as do lá! (Google translate gave that to me as Enjoy your meal - if I'm wrong, I'm sorry in advance!)
Irish Soda Bread
- 5 cups flour
- 5 t baking powder
- 5 t salt
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1 T carraway seeds
- 5 cups golden raisins
Mix dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs. Fold into dry ingredients. Mix in mix alternatively. Stir in seeds and raisins. Place into a round pan - I usually split it into two pans - and bake at 325 for 1 hour or until done.
*Note: recipe says to bake for one hour but it never takes this long for me, so be aware of the time and keep an eye on the bread*