Food & Drink

Snow Day? Bake Some Irish Soda Bread

St. Paddy's Day Parade in New York City Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Okay, I'll admit it.  I grew up hating Irish soda bread.  Too dry.  Not good toasted. Weird shape.  People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests.  I made sure that everyone had some to take home.  Oy, such a generous hostess!

I finally learned to make it myself, to my own liking.  I started with my friend Helen's mother's recipe.  Helen's mom was born in Ireland and made the only edible bread I ever had.  I've worked on it over the years, and now I'm pretty proud of it. 

The recipe is coming up, but remember that Irish soda bread is best when eaten with unsalted butter and a generous serving of strawberry jam or Irish marmalade.  Now that, partnered with a strong cup of red Irish tea is a wonderful thing.  This year, I am keeping some for myself after the party!

Sign Up for E-News

 

The World-Famous, Outstanding, Incredible TAPinto East Brunswick Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

3 cups flour, sifted or whisked

2/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup raisins

½ cup golden raisins (sultanas)

½ cup currants

2 large eggs, beaten

2 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening (melted but not hot)

3 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional but delicious)

 

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar.  Mix in raisins and currants.  Mix in caraway seeds, if desired.  In a separate bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk and shortening.  Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened.  Do not overmix!

Place in the middle of a jelly-roll pan or other baking sheet with sides.  Bake for about one hour.  Test with a toothpick or cake-tester.  This makes a large round, low-rising loaf.  Be sure the middle is cooked. Remove from the pan and cool immediately.

When it's cool, cut the loaf into 4 quarters and then into slices.

Impress yourself.  Show off. Learn to like something today.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

Upcoming Events

Sat, June 24, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Glen Burtnik's Beatles Bash

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, June 25, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Mon, June 26, 10:00 AM

Clark Public Library, Clark

Tales for Tots

Arts & Entertainment Government

Prosecutor’s Office: Piscataway Man Charged with Killing Brother

June 23, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A township man, Jahneel Stevenson, 21 has been charged with the June 16 shooting death of his brother, Henry Stevenson, Jr., 24, also of Piscataway, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Scott Cartmell of the Piscataway Police Department.

On June 22, Stevenson, the accused was charged with murder, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon ...

Like Father, Like Son: Hillsborough Rookie Cop Follows in Footsteps of Father, Grandfather

June 17, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Thomas E. Stout, Hillsborough’s newest and youngest police officer, says he can remember wanting to be like his dad as young as three or four.

“My dad would come home in his uniform, I’d hear the stories about helping out people, I just knew from a young age that it was something I wanted to do, it was really the only thing I knew. As I grew older, I knew I ...

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar Expands New Jersey Footprint With Edison Opening on June 27

June 22, 2017

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar Expands New Jersey Footprint With Edison Opening on June 27

 

Zinburger Selling Limited Edition VIP Gold Cards to Benefit The American Cancer Society; Cards Provide Immediate Perks Including Half Price Wine Bottles Through End of the Year

 

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, the upscale burger restaurant which offers gourmet burgers combined ...

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips (Mirrorball Books, 2015)

 

I belong to a great on-line book service called Bookbub, which daily sends a list of very inexpensive and free titles to download on the Kindle. A lot of the books are junk, but some are classics, and a few give an introduction to an author with whom I am unfamiliar, and sometimes very pleased to find. Such is the case with ...