…and the rest of the day to yourself!

Posted on by Jennie

This is the correct response to the phrase, “Top of the morning to you,” a phrase commonly associated with the Irish! And another common Irish connection? St. Patrick’s Day, of course! In honor of the upcoming holiday, I made the Irish Soda Bread my mom used to make for me as a kid.

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This recipe is easy to put together, but you’d better use currants instead of raisins, if you can find them!

Ingredients:

4.5 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cup currants/raisins (use currants if you can find ‘em. Makes it that much better.)
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups buttermilk (or milk you’ve turned to buttermilk with vinegar!)
2 tbsp melted butter

sodabread_005Put your dry ingredients together in a bowl – the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and your salt. Then, add your raisins.

sodabread_001In another bowl, beat eggs, add melted butter and buttermilk and stir. Then, add your wet to your dry, until just incorporated. Put into greased loaf pan (or form into a loaf.) Bake at 30-45 minutes at 375.

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Serve with a pat of butter, and you’re having the best slice of breakfast-bread you’ve had in a long time! This favorite reminds me of my mom, of home, and of almost-Spring mornings. I hope it brings smiles to your breakfast table, too!

Happy almost-St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! What do you do to celebrate this holiday?

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