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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 is 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 that we make multiple loaves of every year.

Irish soda bread sliced


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


Blend together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add raisins, buttermilk and egg.  Mix until blended. Turn onto floured surface and knead 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, cut a deep cross into top of each loaf. Bake at 375 degrees Farenheit for approximately 55-60 minutes. Done when 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 avoid you
Wherever you go.

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