Irish Soda Bread
Irish soda bread has evolved to include many interpretations, some more authentic than others. These beloved bread recipes range from traditional Irish soda bread to "spotted dog" versions made with raisins and cake-like treats laced with orange zest.See Popular Irish Soda Bread Recipes
If you've ever had a steaming bowl of lamb stew or a hearty plate of corned beef and cabbage at an Irish pub, it's likely your meal was served with soda bread. Soda bread, as the name implies, is a type of quick bread that bakes up with a crunchy, golden brown exterior and a surprisingly moist, dense interior. The secret to the bread's unique texture?
For a whole wheat version of this classic quick bread, substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour.
Ireland's famous freckled quickbread is expected on St. Patrick's Day, but the plump currants and orange zest in this loaf make it wonderful for year around baking. Sliced soda bread makes wonderful toast -- give it a try!
Traditionally, Irish bakers made this classic, sweet quick bread in white or brown loaves. Our recipe is for brown bread.
This low-sodium yeast bread has dried currants and raisins. Enjoy it toasted for breakfast or as a side dish for soups and salads.
Soda breads are hearty Irish staples - wholemeal flour with large flakes of bran and wheat germ, or white flour or a mixture leavened with baking soda and moistened with buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda, which is an alkali, creating bubbles of carbon dioxide which rise the bread. Soda breads have the heft of a yeast bread but are made in minutes and the dough can be shaped into scones or a round loaf, depending on the occasion. Originally it would have been baked in a bastible (pot oven) over the open fire.
St. Patrick's Day is a great excuse to entertain--it's a convivial holiday, and most people are in the mood to celebrate. But don't rely on leprechaun hats and shamrock tablecloths to jump-start the party.
Celebrate your Celtic roots (everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!) by discovering a bevy of Irish recipes.
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The smell of bread baking, whether it's coming from the bakery on the corner or from your oven, is one of the world's most comforting (and mouth-watering) scents. And the taste of a thick slice of homemade bread, still warm from the oven and (just maybe) slathered with sweet butter, is as elemental and as good as it gets. So it's no surprise that when we asked our Recipe.com Facebook friends to share with us the dishes you'd most like recipes for, and would most like to perfect, bread recipes were at the top of the list.
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Spring lamb is the meat of the season. And one of the best expressions of boldy flavored meat is the tender lamb stew, with a world of variations. So we put together an international blend of recipes that's sure to delight the taste buds of any stew lover, from a classic Irish stew to a French ragout to a fragrant and warming Middle Eastern combo.
Call us old-fashioned, but as the weather turns cooler, we crave homemade bread, fresh out of the oven. Of course, we're still modern enough to want to avoid the hassle of rising and kneading, so a dense, rich (but easy to make) zucchini bread is the perfect solution. Like other quick breads, zucchini bread has a few basic components -- zucchini (of course!)
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The great thing about bananas is that right off the tree, they're a lot like the best kinds of quick bread: moist, substantial, sweet. They've been around forever (they were cultivated by cavemen in southeast Asia) and come in an endless variety (there are even pink ones -- who is going to bring me the pink banana? Who??)
Although you won't typically find corned beef and cabbage at a St. Patrick's Day celebration in Ireland, here in America it's all the rage. For me, the Irish duo turned into an excuse to try out a new obsession.