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Irish Soda Bread…and some memories on the side


My grandmother was a woman I wish my daughters could meet today…and meet again when they are 13, 22, 30 and my undisclosed age of not yet a cougar, but too old to know most of the bands on Saturday Night Live.  She made her own rules and broke the norm when she did not get married until she was 30 years old.  A die-hard Cubs fan, Gramma would yell at the TV and enjoyed family parties.  She embodied the joie de vivre that most women and even men in our family admired and respected.  She lived to be 97 years old and loved sharing laughs with friends and family.

I will bake the bread on Weds, so this is in lieu of a photo

One part of my grandmother that still lives on today is her food.  She didn’t cook anything spectacular and any sibling or cousin of mine can attest to her shake-n-bake chicken and her “cucs” that she always brought to Easter dinners.  On St. Patrick’s Day,  my family always had corned beef and cabbage and Gramma came and brought her Irish Soda Bread.  As a kid I would drool over her bread and still do to this day.  A few years before she passed, I called her up one day to get her recipe.  Every year I make it for St. Patrick’s Day and only make it on that day.  It’s too special of a memory to be shared on any other day.  Not that she would understand my blog, if she were still alive today, but part of me thinks she would smile upon my sharing of her recipe to friends and strangers.  But she would do the same…that’s my Gramma.

Irish Soda Bread
Serves 10

3 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups raisins
2 beaten eggs
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
2 Tbs melted butter

Grease a 9 inch springform pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Combine all the wet ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix in raisins.  Bake for 50 minutes.

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  1. Colleen Moulton
    March 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

    As a good Irish girl I too love soda bread but I never had a good recipe! My girls and I will be trying your grandma’s recipe tonight & we are very excited!!!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful memory!!

  2. Jeannine
    March 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I made a different Irish Soda Bread recipe tonight, but you can bet I’ll be asking my Irish Grandmother her favorite when I visit her this week. Thanks for your nice post, Karen!

  3. March 17, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Thanks Colleen and Jeannine, the funny thing is my grandmother was German…but she married an Irishman.

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