I lost my grandmother in June (2011) after a battle with breast cancer. She was 89-years old and a fighter until the very last breath. I stood at her bedside for hours with my entire family during her last few days in the hospital. It was a very solemn moment when she passed, but it was as though my conscience knew I was about to let go of a grandmother. I had so many thoughts rushing through my mind: memories, family vacations, and those amazing recipes that she would prepare before she grew too ill to prepare my favorite dishes.
My grandmothers Irish Soda Bread recipe is going to be missed this St. Paddy’s Day. She would prepare 3 loaves each year for my family. Luckily, I was given the recipe and she did show me how she magically created Irish Soda Bread, so I tried to duplicate her delicious recipe the other day. I was very grateful to have the recipe, but I will never be able to duplicate that delicious taste from grandma!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 375° F.
- Generously grease 9×5 pan or baking sheet of choice.
- Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.
- Cut and mix in butter until your crumbly.
- In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg and 3/4 cup of buttermilk.
- Stir into flour mixture until moistened.
- Fold in raisins until blended to perfection!
- Knead on a floured surface for 1 minute.
- Shape into a round loaf and place onto pan or baking sheet.
- Cut a 1/4-in.-deep cross in top of loaf. Beat remaining egg; brush over loaf.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Use a toothpick to test.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.