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Irish Soda Bread Recipe – a St. Patrick’s Day Tradtion

My step dad used to always brag about being The Real McCoy. I guess technically it was true since his last name was McCoy but he took it a bit far. He was always proud of his Irish heritage and incorporated Irish tradition into any occasion possible. You can only imagine how St. Patrick’s Day went down around our house. Irish Soda Bread was always a staple on St. Patrick’s Day as was Irish Coffee on New Years. He was the only father I knew so I try to continue these traditions with my family.


I was going through one of his old recipe boxes last week trying to plan out our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and happened upon his Irish soda Bread recipe. He always took so much pride in making this traditional Irish bread so I wanted to do the same. I wanted to make something that would match his Irish Soda Bread in flavor but still be mine.


When my step dad made the Soda Bread he used a traditional recipe with only 4 ingredients. His recipe makes an amazing bread but I like a little more depth to mine. I added in a few tablespoons of sugar and some raisins to make a bread my entire family will enjoy. The sugar and raisins can be easily omitted for a more traditional Irish Soda Bread.


If you’re looking for something easy and tasty for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration this Irish Soda Bread is for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 Have You Ever Made Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Irish
Author: Amber
  • 3 cups sifted flour (cake or pastry flour works best since they’re softer)
  • 2 – 4 tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you want it – or omit it all together)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup raisins (leave these out for a more traditional soda bread)
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together well. Stir in the raisins and milk.
  2. Mix together to form a sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto floured board and knead until smooth (8 – 10 times – don’t over knead.)
  4. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and add the dough. Spread the dough out in the pan.
  5. Score the dough with a large “X” on the top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the bread from the oven. Serve with your Irish meal.
This bread needs to be consumed within 1 or 2 days – it will [b]not [/b]keep.


Garlic Knots Recipe

I was trying to find something to go along with my baked manicotti and happened upon this recipe from White on Rice Couple. The recipe is for Garlic Knots and they looked too good to not try. I knew I wanted some type of garlic bread without it being a plain garlic bread. With the Garlic Knots we had something to dip in the left over easy marinara sauce.


I altered the recipe a bit and only used half of the dough. I put the remaining dough in a Ziploc bag and have it in the fridge for future use. Reading through the comments on the original recipe’s post I see that the dough will keep up to a week and still be good (longer yields a sour dough type bread.) I know we’ll use the dough because these are absolutely amazing.


The main changes I made to this recipe was the garlic sauce. I used 2 sticks of unsalted butter and only a drizzle of oil (swirled around the bowl once.) I also used garlic powder instead of garlic cloves because I ran out. Good enough reason!

What’s your favorite pasta side dish?

Garlic Knots Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Amber
  • [b]Dough Ingredients:[/b]
  • 1 3/4 c Warm Water
  • 1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 t. Salt
  • 2 TBSP. Sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP. Active Dry Yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose, unbleached Flour
  • [b]Garlic Sauce Ingredients:[/b]
  • 2 sticks of unsalted Butter
  • 3 TBSP. Garlic powder
  • 1/4 c Parsley
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Combine water, 1/4c olive oil, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Mix to dissolve the yeast.
  2. Add the flour and mix thoroughly. Cover with a lid or cloth and allow to sit for 1 – 3 hours. I left mine in the laundry room while I had the dryer on.
  3. Prepare/flour your surface for rolling out the dough. Roll it to about 1/2 inch thick and then cut slices from the rolled dough.
  4. Roll the slices between your hands to form ropes (think starting a fire with sticks rubbing.)
  5. Tie the ropes into knots. The original recipe suggested using oil to prevent the rope from sticking – sounds like a great idea to me!
  6. Place the knots on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover again to allow them to double in size.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  8. When the knots are doubled in size bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until the knots or golden.
  9. While the knots are baking start making your garlic sauce. I made mine in a wok but a saucepan will work too.
  10. Add in the butter and garlic and heat at medium heat until the butter is melted. Transfer the sauce to a large bowl and drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil around the bowl once. Stir the sauce so it’s well mixed.
  11. Toss in a few garlic knots at a time.Stir until each knot is well coated with the garlic sauce. You can brush the sauce over the knots if that’s easier.


Sloppy Joe with Homemade Buns

Ever noticed how sometimes the simplest dinner can be all the rave? Take Sloppy Joe as an example. It’s something we’ve enjoyed for generations and come on, what kid doesn’t love them?


The beauty of making your own Sloppy Joe’s is you get to choose what goes in it. Peppers, onions, mushrooms – anything and everything you desire can be added – or omitted. Go all out or keep it simple. See, beautiful! Here is a great recipe for Sloppy Joe’s that seems very customizable.


Pair them with homemade French Fries and homemade hamburger buns and you’re set. Of course you could just buy the buns from the store, but where’s the fun in that? Don’t be intimidated at the thought of homemade hamburger buns – you can do it.


Making your own hamburger buns is a great way to ensure only the best for your family. You control the size and know the ingredients. Not to mention it’s so easy to make them. No – really, super easy!


Homemade French Fries are a longtime favorite of mine. I use redskin potatoes, cutting away the eyes and any imperfections. I leave the skin on for the added nutrients and they are delicious! slop

On a day when I don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, this is my go to, healthy and hearty meal; what’s your? 

Sloppy Joe with Homemade Hamburger Rolls

Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Author: Amber
Serves: 8
An American favorite made even better with homemade buns & french fries.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for flouring surface)
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Mix in oil and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until dough is soft.
  4. Knead until smooth and elastic like.
  5. Allow to sit for 90 minutes, covered in a warm place.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls.
  7. Cover again and let sit for 30 minutes.
  8. Brush with melted butter and top with sesame seeds if desired.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Serving size: 1 bun