St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in my family. My dad's side of the family is 100% Irish and my grandmother was a great cook. Every St. Patrick's Day my brother and I would go to my grandmom's and help her make Irish potatoes and soda bread. Now my brother and I host a St. Paddy's Day party every year for our friends and family. I was starting to get my menu together for this year's party and I figured I would share some of my recipes with you!
Soda bread is the easiest thing to make and I can almost guarantee that you already have all of the ingredients in your pantry. Here's the recipe:
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter - slightly softened
1 3/4 c milk
3/4 c raisins (optional... I don't usually include them)
1. Mix all ingredients. I usually use a spoon until the milk is mixed in then knead it with my hands until mixed well.
2. Form into a ball and place on a slightly greased or floured cookie sheet. I like to cut a cross in the top too... tradition says it's supposed to keep the devil away and protect the household. :)
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for about 20 more minutes.
4. Enjoy warm with a slab of butter or dip into a nice beef stew!