This recipe was passed to my family long ago by a member of the Busby clan. It’s become a classic part of St. Patrick’s day celebrations, though I am doubtful of the authenticity of the recipe. It is delicious, and I love dying it green to match my holiday spirit. I was surprised that my husband didn’t have much exposure to Irish Soda Bread, but he seemed to like my recipe!
RECIPE: St. Patty’s Irish Soda Bread
Makes 2 Loaves
Kitchen Aid Mixer
Baking Pans (pie pan or loaf pan)
4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Butter
1 cup Raisins
1 1/3 cup milk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Egg Yolk
Green Food coloring
1) In the mixer, cream together the sugar and the butter.
2) In a measuring cup, combine the milk and vinegar. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes and then stir in the green food coloring.
3) Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the sugar mixture.
4) Combine the mixture on low speed while adding the milk a bit at a time.
5) The dough will be sticky and a weird mix between dough and batter.
6) Mix in the cup of raisins until its throughout the batter.
7) Grease the loaf pan and pie dish before filling with dough.
8) Brush the top of the loaves with the egg yolk.
9) Bake for 50 minutes to one hour at 350 degrees. When the top is browned, remove from oven.
10) Cool completely before slicing and serving! This recipe does freeze well, so don’t be afraid to enjoy a loaf early and then defrost one for the actual holiday.