Hello my friends! How are all of you this fine day? All is well here…it’s warmed up a little..into the 40’s and it’s been overcast but the Sun is trying ever so hard to make an appearance. I had errands to run and was able to do them in just a heavy (my Irish sweater actually!) so that was very nice. The Full Moon was hiding mostly..I got glimpses of Her as She was first ascending the Sky then no more. Hoping for better views tonight!
As you may or may not realize, if you’re seeing lots of green today…..that today is St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂 Now, I don’t celebrate St. Patrick, he’s not a favorite guy of mine at all. But I do take this day to celebrate my Irish-ness, my Irish/Scottish ancestors, and the wearing O’the Green! To celebrate, I popped some Irish Soda Bread into my oven, and while it’s baking, I thought I would drop by here and give you my recipe. It’s easy and quick and makes two loaves which is nice for sharing. I plan to pass a loaf over the fence to my wonderful backyard neighbor Jane. If you’ve never had Soda bread..you should try it. It’s not overly sweet and it’s perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. I also think butter and jam make it really nice and sweet!
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sour cream
1 cup raisins
1 TB caraway seed
Preheat oven to 325*. Grease two loaf pans 8″ x 4″.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; add eggs and sour cream and mix just until moistened. (this will be sticky..use floured hands if you need too) Fold in raisins.
Spread batter evenly in 2 pans. Sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake at 325* for one hour or until raised and golden brown,
I was able to remove them from the pan right away by turning out onto a cutting board.
My house smells amazing and you’ll love it!
Hope you all have a great day however you celebrate it..rather it be baking, or drinking green beer or visiting your favorite local Irish pub. I’ll be taking some time over an Irish whiskey or Bailey’s to send love to my ancestors who watch over me and guide me.
May your heart be warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day in every way
and forever and ever after!