Ireland is famous for delicious soda bread made with simple ingredients. It gets its name from the bicarbonate of soda or baking soda used as the leavening agent. My grandmother baked soda bread every weekday. Sunday alone was her day of rest. By the time I came to watch her mid-morning bread-making ritual as a […]
Breads, Muffins, Pancakes, and Scones
Irish soda bread is world famous, and the perfect partner for a bowl of soup or stew. Here I'll share my favorite Irish recipes for breads and scones. I'll also share some American and Irish favorites for pancakes and muffins.
Pancake Tuesday falls this week and all over Ireland people will indulge in delicious pancakes. Nearly every person in Ireland will eat a pancake at some point on Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday is the last day before Lent begins, falling 47 days before Easter Sunday Just like Easter, the date changes every year. Sundays do not […]
Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake made by combining raw grated potato and mashed potato into a pancake batter. Boxty is a thick, hearty potato pancake. St. Brigid’s Day is February 1st. To celebrate this much loved saint from early Christian times, boxty was served on her feast day. There is a traditional Irish […]
Brack is a traditional Irish cake baked at Halloween. The name comes from the Irish word ‘breac’, which means speckled. Fruit freckles every slice of this delicious cake or bread. What makes this cake so much fun is the tradition of baking trinkets inside. I remember chewing each slice, hoping I would be the lucky […]
Irish brown bread is a wheaten soda bread made with whole wheat flour. Unlike Boston brown bread which is steamed in a can, Irish brown bread was cooked in an iron bastible over an open fire in years gone by. Any tourist planning a trip to Ireland definitely needs to know about “brown bread.” The […]
One of my fondest memories of Ireland is sitting down to an afternoon cup of tea and a hot buttered scone. My mother makes delicious raisin tea scones, so when I lived in New York, I promptly tried to replicate her recipe, to impress my new husband. What I produced were nothing like the soft, […]