March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. While Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, he is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated with gusto in the United States, especially New York.
I am not Irish but I appreciate so many gifts from Ireland. Who doesn’t enjoy the Irish traditions and music, Riverdance, Waterford, linens, Beleek, woolens, foods and beverages? I have learned everyone has his or her “special” Irish Soda Bread recipe and I haven’t eaten one that wasn’t wonderful! My recipe is a combination of several recipes with a small twist, a bit of Irish Whiskey. The fragrance is outstanding while it is baking in the oven and warms the kitchen. Served hot out of the oven with fresh berries and butter will make everyone dance an Irish jig. So enjoy the day whether you are Irish or wish you were Irish. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.
Irish Soda Bread
- 3 Cups Flour
- 2 Cups Raisins (soaked in 2/3 Cup boiling water & 2/3 Cup Irish Whiskey for 1 hour to plump) You may delete the Irish Whiskey and add 2/3 cup more water.
- ½ Cup Sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons of Sour Cream
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 ½ Cup Buttermilk
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda, mix together.
- Drain excess fluid from raisins. Combine raisins, sour cream and buttermilk with dry ingredients until dough forms. Turn out onto a floured board, knead dough three to four minutes. Make a round loaf, brush with a bit of buttermilk, dust with flour and put into a lightly greased and floured round cake pan. Make an X in the top of the dough with a sharp knife.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.