Our favourite Irish soda bread recipes range from the truly authentic to the classic to the rustic. All very different, you’ll be sure to find at least one new favourite recipe to add to your collection.
My twin brother and I were the only two kids in our class who arrived at school on St. Patrick’s Day with sprigs of mom’s shamrock plant pinned to our shirts.
One of my grandmothers was first generation Canadian (my great grandparents sailed from County Cork, Ireland) and my other grandmother’s grandparents were from Kerry, Ireland. All that to say, St. Patrick’s Day was a family celebration in our house. I always enjoyed the green-tinted sweets but even as a kid soda bread was my true St. Patrick’s Day love.
Here are three favourite Irish soda bread recipes to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Brown soda bread is a moist oatmeal quick bread sweetened with molasses. This is a very close cousin of a classic Irish soda bread. It will keep on the counter (wrapped) for a few days but as with most baked goods it’s best right out of the oven, spread with butter and jam.
Quick to mix up, you can have a loaf of this Irish Soda Bread with molasses on the table in under an hour. And what a lovely loaf it is, round and crackled on top. You’ll want to eat it all at once, and you should. (It has a nasty habit of drying out so consider it your duty to devour it in one day.)
This loaf is rustic, hearty and nourishing, and suits the tail end of winter with its slushy days and damp chill. The Guinness gives it extra substance and flavour, making it pair well with Irish Stew or a slice of extra old cheddar.
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