Connor Makes Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

One of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, is right around the corner, and I thought I’d let you in on a little family secret: Grandma Caley’s Famous Irish Soda Bread.  No St. Patrick’s Day is complete without several loaves of this Irish treasure as part of your spread.  The Caley recipe, of unknown provenance somewhere between the Celtic shores of Muir Èireann and the Isle of Man, has been in my family for generations; simple and customizable, it’s sure to delight your friends and family.

In addition to the traditional Irish Soda Bread, I’ll try out two interesting variations in hopes of finding a more “modernized” version of the recipe.  With these recipes, the ingredients (which can all be found at FreshDirect), and a little bit of luck, you’ll find the ISB that’s perfect for you, even if your baking skills are a little, shall we say, green…

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Recipes and Menu Ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these Festive Cupcakes.

More than just cabbage and potatoes, Irish cuisine has long relied on a wealth of wild garlic, kale, scallions, barley, oats, sausages, lamb and a varied aquaculture ranging from cockles and mussels to rich cod and salmon.

So whether you’re entertaining or just want to add a little “green” to your dinner menu, we’ve gathered together some Irish-influenced favorites along with a few bright-green Spring selections for your St. Patty’s day feasting. Slainte Mhath! (In other words, to your good health!)… 

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