We are thrilled to have a dear friend of ours guest post for us! Today, Elizabeth shares her favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe, just in time for St. Paddy’s Day. Enjoy!
By Elizabeth S.
Early March always reminds me of when I was a young one getting ready for the ‘Wearing of the Green.’ St. Patrick’s Day was a special holiday in our home as it was a time to celebrate my mother’s heritage. We had plenty of shamrock decorations on display and Bing Crosby’s lilting Irish album played regularly in the background. When in elementary school, my mother would dress my brother and I in coordinating Kelly green outfits and she made us adorable bow ties and shamrock pins to wear. I also know March for the delightful aroma of freshly baked Irish soda bread, and I still look forward to a few slices each year.
There are several soda bread recipes my family likes to make, but the one I’m sharing is my personal favorite. It comes from a church cookbook, circa 1986, with no contributor’s name attached. It’s a simple, delicious recipe made without traditional raisins or caraway seeds (both of which I wasn’t keen on when I was younger). You’ll love this subtly sweet, cake-like treat with its cinnamon-and-sugar-dusted top. Serve it right from the oven or the next day with sweet butter – there’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
- 1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for the pan (at room temperature)
- 4 cups flour, plus more for the pan
- 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter round cake pan.
- In a large bowl, sift together 4 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in butter with two knives.
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs with fork. Then add eggs to flour/butter mixture. Stir with spoon.
- Combine milk and vanilla extract and add to mixture. Stir until just combined.
- Knead the mixture with hands and work into a ball. (Note: It will be sticky!) Place into cake pan and shake to move mixture to all sides of pan.
- In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Sprinkle mixture on top.
- Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, and with softened Kerry Gold butter.
Elizabeth S. is a friend of the Mohan sisters and avid follower of Mohans Rule. She is a general enthusiast and she thoroughly enjoys celebrating holidays and everyday joys. For Elizabeth, happiness is baking.