Happy St. Patty's Day- Some Irish Soda Bread...with a twist! - Westport Moms

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

If you’re looking for a fun, kid-friendly recipe for this weekend, check out the latest from local chef, Anna Gass!
Saint Patty’s Day is right around the corner but I can promise you, I’m not making corned beef and cabbage.  As much as I love traditions, my kids don’t like it so after a few years of way too many leftovers, I stopped making the effort.  I do however; make Irish Soda Bread.  It’s a family favorite. I found the recipe years ago in Baking with Julia, and it’s the traditional recipe. Very simple, four ingredients and an old stand by.  I have added a few twists to it, lemon zest, turbinado sugar and golden raisins, which are not traditional, but that’s what you get when an Italian girl goes Irish.  Scusi!
Buon Appetito!
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Irish Soda Bread

Makes one large loaf
4 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 cups buttermilk
zest of one lemon
1 cup golden raisins
3 to 4 tablespoons turbinado sugar for topping
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except sugar) and mix with a wooden spoon.  Once incorporated, place on a floured surface and knead a few times to get into a round shape.  Do not overwork the dough or will be very tough. Cut a large cross in the middle of the dough.  Sprinkle top with sugar. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 50 minutes. Serve with butter, jam and honey.


Anna Francese Gass

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