“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”
~old Irish Blessing
Today I'm making an easy Irish meal in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I am a quarter Irish you know ;) I've got to throw in a little other ethnicity for my daughter since mostly its all about being Italian!
A very simple meal tonight of Corn Beef Brisket, Cabbage & Noodles....the only cabbage the girl will eat, and Irish Soda Bread.
Below is the recipe for the bread. It mixes up very fast and really is the best because it has a little sweetness to it. I've tried adding raisins but we all preferred it without them. They were too strong tasting and took away the yummy taste of the bread.
Also I never buy buttermilk. I just add 2 tablespoons vinegar, any kind except balsamic, and then top off with your regular milk to the 2 cup line. Basically 1 TBSP Vinegar/cup of Milk. Let it sit for a few minutes to let it get sour.
Irish Soda Bread
3 cups flour1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. (The batter should be a bit lumpy and will come together and be more smooth after adding butter)
Stir in butter.(The mixture should be smooth after blending the butter.) Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor. We can never wait that long. Mine only sits for about 2 hours or so.
Wishing you many Irish blessings today,
*Photo's by: Martha Stewart Living; Vella's Garden; Blomsterverkstad and Rabbit Hill Primitives