Dreamy Irish Soda Bread
As I was perusing my recipe piles, yes I said piles. …
... I am a recipe collector tearing out recipes from magazines, and printing out recipes online. Then I place them between sheet protectors and they are supposed to go into binders that have different categories. Sounds easy and organized right? It is until you start taking out the recipes from the binders and they don’t get put back. You print out and make edits on recipes you found online or in magazines and you don’t have time to put them in sheet protectors and then file them in the binders.
Instead I have piles for that magical day when I make time to organize it all. Since moving a year ago, I have had zero time or interest to do this. Maybe this year on a rainy spring day? Or maybe it could be a Mother's’ Day gift! (If you are one of my four children, I’m talking to you. Hint hint - wink wink)..
Anywho, like I said; as I was perusing my recipe piles searching for something fantastic to make for a brunch we’re hosting this weekend, I came across this amazing Irish Soda Bread recipe. It was passed on to me decades ago from a friend who was a first generation Irish immigrant. The original version I received was either written on a piece of paper or told to me verbally. She declared it to be the best Irish Soda Bread ever! She was correct!
Next Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day! I highly encourage you to make this a part of your weekend celebration. Regardless of whether or not you’re Irish it’s guaranteed to disappear! Be sure to serve with yummy organic butter and local honey for an extra delicious treat. I always double this recipe because it is eaten quickly. The recipe is simple. The bread moist and flavorful, with a hint of nutmeg and the delightful accent of sour cream. This recipe will have you making it all year round.
Enjoy Laddies and Lassies! Sláinte
Preheat oven to 350*
You will need a bread loaf pan
Grease and flour bread loaf pan
2 cups raisins
3 cups flour
⅔ cup sugar
1t baking soda
3t baking powder
1t freshly grated nutmeg
2 eggs (organic if possible)
1 pint sour cream (organic if possible)
Place raisins in a medium bowl
Bring water to boil, pour water over the raisins and let them them steep 10-15 minutes or until soft
In a small bowl crack and add the eggs, mix well
While raisins are steeping, mix all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl
Add eggs, add sour cream, mix well
Strain the raisins, add to bowl, mixing well
Pour batter into the greased and floured pan
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes
Check for doneness with a toothpick or wooden skewer. If it comes out clean bread is done
Place on a cooling rack for 15 minutes, run a knife around the edge of pan and remove loaf
Tips: Organic ingredients improve not only the quality of your food but the taste of your food is significantly better.
Serve with butter and honey
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