Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Irish Soda Bread Anyone?

Time to go green for reasons other than the environment. It’s St. Patrick’s Day and as you will probably know, we’re selling Lucky Charms cereal in a tri-pack for just £16.49. That’s THREE of our bigger 453g boxes for less than £17 – a real bargain!

We got to thinking what else is typically Irish that we can help you out with and came up with Irish soda bread. But how to put an American spin on it?

Irish-American Soda Bread

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sweet Pea's Kitchen

God bless Twitter – we cast about for a recipe that would take traditional Irish soda bread and red, white and blue it. Here’s one we really liked that we wanted to share with you, thanks to @tagost (Sweet Pea’s Kitchen). For the genuine American taste, use the recommended products in the recipe. The rest you’ll have to get yourself! :)

You will need:

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for work surface (Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour)
1 cup cake flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda)
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 cup raisins
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus 1 tablespoon melted for crust)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Pre-heat your oven to about 200 degrees Celsius (400 Fahrenheit) with your shelf in the middle.

Stir together the flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and caraway seeds until well mixed, then add the butter and mix with a fork to coat with the flour mixture.

Keep mixing until it resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter no larger than small peas. Add the raisins and keep stirring until combined with the flour etc.

Now lightly beat the egg and buttermilk together and add this to the flour mixture. Stir with a fork until the dough just begins to come together. Place onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes cohesive. Don’t overdo it or it’ll become too tough, just get it to the point where it’s all together.

Pat dough into a 6-inch, 2-inch high round baking tin and place on a lined baking sheet.  Using small sharp knife dipped into flour, cut a 3/4-inch-deep X in the center of the dough.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown then remove from the bread fromthe oven and brush with butter. Allow it to cool to room temperature and you’re all set. Delicious Irish-American soda bread with caraway seeds and raisins.

Got any Irish-American recipes to share with us? Let us know in the comments and in the meantime enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! :)