Irish soda bread

We’re still eating the soda bread — and despite the warning that it would harden like the Blarney Stone, it has remained fairly moist and certainly tasty. Maybe it’s the humidity here in Chicago during this global warming-induced heat wave. At any rate, the bread was simplicity itself to make, and I opted for a little whole wheat flour just to make this more like the brown bread that I loved in Ireland.  I didn’t add raisins or currants, just let it be on its own.  We have been eating it with butter, cherry preserves, and marmalade.

It is funny that on St. Patrick’s Day, my only nod to being Irish was that my friend arrived late due to being stuck in Loop traffic come to a stand still because of the Parade. I braved the Loop traffic myself to pick up JE and GA from the Megabus, and all things considered, we only saw a few wandering post-parade victims decked out in green.

I spent most of the day shuttling friends and relatives to various forms of transportation, and at the Chicago Catholic League Indoor Championships, where my husband’s team won. I guess my luck of the Irish came through for the team–but they probably wouldn’t have won had they been eating Irish soda bread before the races!

Check out how the other bakers did with soda bread at Tuesdays with Dorie–Baking with Julia.

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14 Responses to Irish soda bread

  1. Your loaf looks great! I stayed inside to watch the dyeing of the Chicago River myself. Kudos for braving all the traffic on that day!

  2. smarkies says:

    I should try and mix it with whole what flour next time — would be a slightly more healthy alternative. Yours has turned out great!

  3. Teresa says:

    Our family’s favourite soda bread is a brown bread version – a little whole wheat flour really brings out the flavour. Yours looks perfect!

  4. Looks like a lovely loaf!

  5. Your bread looks great! How fun to live in Chicago…we loved it there when we visited…twice actually 🙂

  6. Cher says:

    Looks good – this bread definitely kept longer than indicated. The wheat flour is a nice touch.

  7. Amanda says:

    Your bread looks great! I loved how easy this was.

  8. What a simple and sophisiticated Irish soda bread 😀 Yum!
    Thanks for subscribing to my blog by the way – I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

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