I made this recipe at the request of my 1st- and 3rd grade daughters who wanted to bring an "Irish" snack to school for St. Pat's. They are fiercely proud of their Irish heritage. As am I...but I admit that I really hate making soda bread. Until I found this gem. It is super-simple, doubles very easily (one loaf for each girls' classroom plus one mini-loaf for my breakfast tomorrow...with some coffee and bacon, mmm!!!) It is not "authentic Irish" but you know what, neither is corned beef so screw tradition! If it tastes good, EAT IT!!! My only qualm was that it rises VERY quickly. Not a problem unless you double it in too small of a mixing bowl, then wham, batter dripping all over my countertop. So use a really big bowl. Forewarned is forearmed! It is quite sweet compared to the real deal, but I say go with it. I enhanced the inherant sweetness with a sprinkle of coarse sugar on top of the loaf prior to baking, and a cup or so of currants in the batter. Slainte!
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I made this recipe at the request of my 1st- and 3rd grade daughters who wanted to bring an...