In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the feelings of nostalgia that surround this day, I decided to write about my Grandma’s Irish soda bread. This is a delicious, satisfying recipe that has lasted through three if not more generations. This recipe comes from the little town of Boliver, West Meath–from the bog lands of Ireland where my Grandma Deasy was born and raised. My Grandma brought this recipe with her to America and baked her Irish bread or ‘scone’ as she called it for all family gatherings. She passed this recipe on to my mom and aunts, and I am one of the next generation baking this bread for family gatherings.
As a youth, I used to compete in Irish step dancing competitions, and while I was competing in dance, my mom was competing in Irish soda bread competitions and winning GOLD!
Without further ado, here is the gold medal recipe. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Slainte!
4 cups flour
1tsp baking soda
4tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
2 cups buttermilk (sour cream can be substituted)
1/3 -1/2 box of raisins (large box)
1.Preheat oven to 350.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking power, and sugar. Mix well.
3. Cut up the stick of butter into small squares; using a pastry blender add in the butter flour mixture to form a coarse meal consistency.
4. Mix in the raisins.
5. Slightly warm the buttermilk just take the cold out of it. (I microwave buttermilk for about 30 seconds). Stir in beaten eggs with warmed buttermilk.
6. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients. Mix well. Batter should be a slightly wet consistency.
7. Grease a 9 in cast iron skillet or 2 loaf pans (or line with parchment paper) and add dough to pan. Make sure it is even within the pan. Top with sugar 1/4 of sugar.
8. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown.