For some, the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or biscuits brings them back to their childhood.
Me? I think of my mom’s Irish soda bread. It’s fluffy, comforting, filling and portable — the perfect snack for every day, and especially St. Patrick’s Day, which is just around the corner!
This recipe has been in my family for a long time — for years and probably generations before my grandparents moved from Belfast to Los Angeles in the 1960s, in search of brighter opportunities for their family. (Shout out to the O’Neills for making it possible for me to live my best life here in the States!)
Note: The full recipe can be found here.
Irish soda bread holds a special place in my heart. It’s a staple in Ireland for a reason. Soda bread is simple, affordable and hearty.
This recipe is quite simple and quick. Just five ingredients, and only four are needed if you decide to omit the sugar. No yeast necessary — this recipe rises thanks to the combination of baking soda and buttermilk.
You’ll find that soda bread is often baked in the oven in one large, solid loaf. As you can see from the photos, this recipe calls for you to bake smaller portions of dough on the stove.
You can customize each portion and add chocolate chips, nuts, and even dried or fresh fruits, such as cherries, berries, craisins or raisins. Everyone in the family can pick and choose what they want inside.
No, it’s not the most authentic way to bake Irish soda bread (although many traditional soda bread recipes call for raisins). But it is VERY delicious! I’m #teamchocolatechips. It’s like a gooey, melty thick chocolate chip pancake/waffle. Just take my word for it.
Get the full recipe with instructions, tips, additional photos and more at feedthesoulblog.com.
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