Family Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For me this holiday is all about honoring the Irish heritage I have. One of the ways I do this is by making our family’s recipe for Soda Bread It’s an acquired taste. The recipe has probably been adapted and changed a lot through the generations, but I think it’s delicious. I thought I’d share the recipe with you all. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
3 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda
2 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Currants
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
1/2 Cup Raisins
1 Tbsp Caraway Seeds
1 Egg
1/4 Softened Butter
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
3/4 Cup Flat Beer (Guinness or a Dark Bach, Red Logger if you must)

Directions:
1. Grease a medium cast iron skillet well and place in the oven. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
2.Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. This includes all the items up until the egg.
3. Make a well in the center of the ingredients. Pour the egg, butter, milk and beer into this well.
4. Mix well.
5. Form into a round loaf. (Form means loosely shape, you shouldn’t add too much extra flour)
6. Place loaf in your hot cast iron skillet. Bake about 1 hour or until you hear a hollow sound when you knock on the top of the loaf.
7. Let cool. Serve with butter.

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