Irish Soda Bread

By now you should know that I’m a suburban soccer mom stuck in the body of a 23-year-old city girl.

My friend was throwing a St. Patrick’s day themed party and, naturally, I had to find an appropriate baked good to bring with me.  This is a traditional Irish bread so it was kind of uh…perfect.  The bread is awesome and for any actual moms out there reading (or other losers like me)..it would be AWESOMEEEE to serve it with green eggs and ham (NOT Jameson like in the picture below) on the morning of St. Patrick’s day.

Enjoy and HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

St. Patty's Party with my Taste Tester

I used a great recipe from Epicurious which you can find here or written out below

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup raisins (I’d recommend soaking them in water (or rum?) for about 10 minutes before putting them in the batter.  The original recipe didn’t call for this and I didn’t do it with this loaf but I think it would keep their moisture better and I’ll definitely do that next time I make this)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Spray 8 inch diameter cake pan with non-stick spray
  3. Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to blend
  4. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms
  5. Make well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk. Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in raisins.
  6. shape dough into ball. Transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the top is nice and browned
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes. It’s best eaten within 24 hours so slap some butter on it and eat up! 🙂
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Banana Bread

Nom. Nom. Nom.

I had leftover bananas so…uhh…I made banana bread. I wish I had a cool anecdote to give you with this recipe but I don’t. I’ve had the recipe for a while and it always comes out really well (oh and I think it’s better the day after you bake it…like more moist or something). Make it, eat it, love it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (plus a little more to coat pan)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup mashed)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and coat baking pan with butter or non-stick spray
  2. Cream butter and sugar in mixer
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla and mashed bananas
  4. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and salt…mix until smooth
  5. Pour in pan
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes inserted into the center comes out smoothly
  7. Let cool for at least 20 minutes
  8. To store: wrap in plastic wrap

**I usually cut and wrap individual slices, put them in the freezer, then take one out every morning for breakfast since I can’t finish the entire loaf in a few days by myself…that’s a lie…i COULD and HAVE…I just didn’t this time 🙂 **