Irish soda bread is something that I’ve always shied away from because I thought I hated it (bad experience in elementary school). However, the other day (actually like a month ago), I was looking for something different to bake, and came upon it in one of my favorite cookbooks. I tried it out and it was really, really good! Fortuitously, I never got around to posting it…and then before I knew it, St. Patrick’s Day happened to roll around! I figured there couldn’t be a better time to put it on the blog.
What’s good about it is that it’s not overly sweet, the raisins add a nice touch, and the texture is sort of light but substantial at the same time. I’d call it a mix between a bread and a cake, move veering towards the bread side. It was a little crumbly and really just a perfect thing for an afternoon snack with tea (I didn’t actually do that, but it sounds like a nice idea). Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try, and here’s the charming accompanying article. As you can see, I didn’t make this in a skillet as the recipe called for, but a 9×13 inch pan instead. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
photos by me