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Eating a Memory…Irish Soda Bread

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While I’m at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, reliving all the parades I marched in as a student playing the trumpet, I thought that some of you might like to try your hand at making what is an integral part of my celebration every March 17th… Irish Soda Bread.

There are many recipes for Irish Soda Bread, but this is my favorite; it is more like a cake than a bread. It is moist and flavorful and makes the house smell wonderful. It can be baked in a round or loaf pan.

It is not my recipe; it belongs to my high school friend, Maureen Duffy. It was handed down to her from family in Ireland.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe – Serves 10


3 cups of all purpose flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder

1 and 1/4 cups of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of caraway seeds

3 eggs

16 oz container of sour cream

1 stick of butter



Mix all dry ingredients together

Add eggs, sour cream and butter

Blend caraway seeds and raisins into the batter

Pour in a large round pan or loaf pan

Brush top with melted butter

Sprinkle the top lightly with a bit of sugar and a little nutmeg

Bake @ 370 degrees for 1 and 1/4 hrs

 Use a tooth pick or cake tester to check that the Irish Soda Bread is done; remove from oven; let cool for 10 min. before removing from pan. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting.

After the parade, I will be eating a memory; I’ll have a big wedge of Irish Soda Bread lathered in soft butter and a cup of tea!

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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