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little girl in st Patrick's day outfit

Yup, that is me, as a wee one in my handmade ‘Erin Go Bragh’ jumper.  My mom and her whole side of the family are from Ireland. As you can imagine St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal.  From decorating the house to the full Irish meal we celebrate in style.  I’ve made green pancakes and green beer etc., but the thing that is a must is Irish Soda Bread.
As a little treat, I’m sharing our family recipe for Irish Soda Bread which we make multiple loaves of every year.

Irish soda bread sliced

Ingredients:

6 cups flour
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ cup margarine or butter
3 cups dark seedless raisins, soaked in water for 30 minutes then drained)
2 ¼ cup Buttermilk
1 beaten egg

Instructions:

Blend flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut in margarine until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add raisins, buttermilk, and egg.  Mix until blended. Turn onto a floured surface and knead the mixture for about one minute until thoroughly blended. Shape into two smooth balls. Place in two buttered and floured 8″ cake pans. Spread to fill the pans, and cut a deep cross into the top of each loaf. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 55-60 minutes. Done when the wooden skewer comes out clean.

Irish soda bread and tea

An Irish Blessing for Good Luck:

May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow
And may trouble to avoid you
Wherever you go.

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