This month as I reflect back on my Irish Heritage and time spent with family I can’t help but think about my great grandmother. She was the quintessential matriarch and I like to think I had a special place in her heart as the first great grandchild.
One of my earliest memories is of Sunday afternoons at my great grandmother’s house. My family would regularly visit and the grown-ups would spend the afternoon talking over black tea and Irish soda bread. I was perfectly content to sit on a special stool reserved for my visits and eat this heavenly bread made from scratch.
This is pretty much the point where my love of carbs was born!
Although I don’t have my great-grandmother’s recipe for Irish soda bread to share with you today, I do have a version that is equally delicious.
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread Ingredients
- 4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – sliced
- 1 3/4 cups of well shaken buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 cup dried currants
Irish Soda Bread Method
Stir dry ingredients together.
Cut butter into flour mixture.
Mix together wet ingredients and then add to batter.
Blend currants into batter.
Knead the whole mixture on a well floured surface for a few minutes.
Place on a prepared baking sheet and score the top. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.
This recipe is so easy to put together, I can see why Irish soda bread was a staple at every family gathering. Plus your home will smell amazing while it’s baking.