Irish soda bread recipe in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

 

A great way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow is with some traditional Irish Soda Bread.

Irish Soda Bread is an American invention, whereas in Ireland, they eat a more traditional brown bread.

There are several ways to spruce up the recipe, including adding caraway seeds and raisins, and you can even throw in a little green food coloring for a festive St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Here is the recipe for Irish Soda Bread via PennLive:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg, unbeaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375. Grease 2-quart casserole or cast-iron skillet.
Sift together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in caraway seeds. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in raisins.
Combine buttermilk, egg and soda, then stir into flour mixture until just moistened.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly until smooth. Shape into ball.
Place in casserole or skillet. With sharp knife, make a 4-inch cross, 1/4-inch deep, in center. Beat egg yolk, adding water if needed, then brush onto dough with pastry brush.
Bake 70 minutes or until done. Cool 10 minutes, then remove from casserole or skillet.

Do you have a favorite Irish dish you like to cook up on St. Patrick’s Day?  Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

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St. Patrick’s Day safety tips to ensure a safe holiday

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St. Patrick’s Day is meant to be a celebration of the Irish heritage around the world.  Where we all wear green and celebrate the life of Saint Patrick himself.

But alcohol is unfortunately a big part of St. Patrick’s Day, and if you are not careful, you can get yourself into trouble.

Here are some safety tips via the NHTSA that will hopefully make your St. Patrick’s Day safer and more enjoyable for everyone:

  • Before leaving for your St. Patrick’s Day party, plan a route home
  • If you plan on drinking, leave your keys at home and assign a designated driver
  • If you become heavily intoxicated, there are other options than risking your life and getting behind the wheel, such as a  taxi, sober friend or family member, or use public transportation or community sober-driver program
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, pull over and call the police immediately.  It could be a matter of life and death and you could save someones life.
  • Do the same for your friends.  If you see your friend is intoxicated, take their keys and offer them an alternative to getting home.

These are just a few tips to help make your St. Patrick’s Day a little more safer.  Please drink responsibly this holiday and use common sense when in an environment where alcohol is at play.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Easy Irish Soda Bread

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Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Well, look no further than this simple Irish Soda Bread recipe.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1-teaspoon baking soda
1-tablespoon baking powder
1/2-teaspoon salt
1/2-cup margarine, softened
1-cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4-cup butter, melted
1/4-cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, blend together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and softened margarine. Using a hand or stand mixer, combine your ingredients and stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg until the the mixture turns into a doughy consistency.

Sprinkle dry flour onto a flat surface and knead dough until its less sticky. If you don’t own a rolling pin, you can use a tall drinking glass and be sure to sprinkle flour on your makeshift rolling pin as well. Mold your dough into a rounded shape, and place on baking sheet.

In a separate bowl, add a 1/4 cup of buttermilk and melted butter. Using a knife, cut an X in the top of your dough, and brush with buttermilk and butter mixture. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and brush again with buttermilk/butter mixture. (Optional: you can also brush the bread while baking for a more golden brown surface.)