St. Patrick’s day was always my Papa’s favorite holiday. He would go out and get a green beer, and my sweet Mimi joined him even though I think she was slightly disturbed by the thought of the glowing beverage. With this holiday just weeks away, I decided to dive into a baking adventure that was actually completely foreign to me.
Surprisingly enough, I had never tried Irish soda bread in my life. I didn’t know what it was supposed to look or taste like, so in all honesty, I had no gauge of whether or not mine was a success! So, I had to recruit my Irish boyfriend to be my taste-tester, and he approved of my soda bread skills.
Most of you who follow my recipes are probably aware that making homemade bread has become a bit of a routine in my daily life when I’m home. While I was traveling in NYC last week, I was unable to bake for 6 whole days (absolute torture). Since I leave for my next trip to San Francisco tomorrow morning, I had to fit some bread making into my busy schedule somehow. That’s what I love about this recipe — I ran to the grocery store, prepped, and baked it all within an hour and a half.
It’s a dry bread with a perfect crisp on top and a bouncy, springy center. The flavor is savory with just a hint of sweetness from the raisins and coconut sugar. Whether you save this recipe for St. Patrick’s day or bring it to your next weekend dinner soirée, it will become a beloved new part of your baking history.
What you need:
3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups of Greek yogurt, sour cream, or a dairy free version of either
1/2 cup raisins
What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
2. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and yogurt.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry. Fold in raisins.
4. Transfer to a greased 9-in. round baking pan.
5. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.