Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TWD: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Irish Soda Bread!

With a last name like Kelly, you would think I would have had Irish Soda Bread many times in my life. But, you would be wrong.

Being of Scottish descent, we had lots of scones, shortbread, raisin squares, but never soda bread. And, truthfully, if this recipe is any indication, we weren't really missing anything.

With only four ingredients, the recipe was dead easy to put together (which was good, as I was mostly occupied with making sugar flowers this past Sunday). I added chopped dates, which I had originally bought for the rugelach, but it just didn't deliver the flavor for me that I hoped for. Without the chopped dates, the bread itself would not have really tasted like anything.

Though the bread was tender, it was also a bit dry. It was fine with a bit of jam and a cup of tea, but I think in the future, I'll just make my grandmother's scones.

For some different takes on the Irish soda bread, and the recipe, head over to My Culinary Mission (she made hers with gruyere!) or Chocolate Moosey.

Next time on TWD - Pizza Rustica! I'm already thinking of yummy toppings...


  1. Too bad you didn't like it. At least it was an easy recipe. :)

  2. I found it to be much better with sugar, lemon, and cream. I didn't much care for it as written.

  3. Gruyere cheese added a lot - thouroghly enjoyed it. I made a second loaf as directed and it was tasteless. I too thought we were going to be making an actual pizza! (a bit disappointed..)

  4. We added cranberries to ours and thought the extra fruit was just what this needed.