Best Irish Soda Bread Recipes…..

I especially love St. Patrick’s Day because it was about the time I met my husband Joe.   We went to a St. Patty’s Day Party on our first date.  It was then that I knew I wanted to marry him.  Warm fuzzies:-)

I love the traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  So easy to make and so good.  Of course, you must serve Irish Soda Bread.  I make this bread often throughout the year as it goes great with any hearty soup or stew.

There are many, many Irish Soda Recipes out there but the latest one I tried was at my sister-in-law’s mother’s funeral.  I thought what?  A table of Irish Soda Bread at a funeral?  Of course, this was brilliant!  She was known for her delicious soda bread.  It was so sweet, they had shamrock decorated table with offering slices of bread, wrapped bread to take home and her recipe printed on a pretty recipe card.  What a beautiful idea!

I LOVED her recipe.  It was a little sweeter than mine and had an amazing buttery taste.  I will be making her recipe this St. Patrick’s Day.

One of the things that I love most about cooking are cherished traditional family recipes.   Whatever you do, if you have a special recipe from your Mom or Grandma or any family member, make them and share them with your kids.  Dear Margie will live on through her fabulous recipe.  Here it is.

Love the simplicity of the recipe.  You can tell that she made it over and over again so her recipe did not need tons of direction.

The recipe is large.  I am thinking the four pans used for baking would be 8-9″ round.    You could also make half of the batch in mini loaf pans, filling them a little over half full.  Baking time would be about 30 minutes at 350′.   This bread would make amazing french toast!!

Have a wonderful day!


St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Accompaniments….

Irish Soda Bread.  This soda bread is not of the dry variety.  This bread is moist, slightly sweet, and quite pleasing to the eye.  I make mini loaves as they take about half the baking time.   The shorter the baking time the less dried out it may become.  You can buy mini aluminum loaf pans at most any grocery store.  Serve alongside your traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  If you have any leftovers, use it for french toast…OH  BOY!

Sauteed Cabbage.  I know this isn’t the traditional “boiled” cabbage but come on!  Who wouldn’t prefer delicious caramelized cabbage over boring boiled cabbage!  Trust me, you’ll LOVE this!  So simple.  Slice the cabbage into quarters and remove the core.  Thinly slice the entire head.    In a heavy large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Add the cabbage.  Season with kosher salt and pepper.  Cook for 40-50 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring often,  until the cabbage is caramelized. 

Homemade horseradish.  Wow!  If you like the sensation horseradish gives your sinuses, look out!  There is nothing like homemade horseradish to go with your corned beef and potatoes.  It’s quite simple.  Fresh horseradish root can be found in the produce section at most any grocery store.  Make your own cocktail sauce with one cup of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.  Add horseradish to taste.  So good!

I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!