St. Patrick's Day is a big deal around here. According to the husband, it isn't as much a big deal in the South. I told him, it's probably because of my Nana- she made it a big deal. She was 100% Irish and boy, was she proud. She put on the biggest and tastiest spread each and every year- corned beef, cabbage, onions, carrots, potatoes, mustard, beer, and ice cream doused in créme de menthe, of course.
But my favorite part of the meal has to be Irish Soda Bread, which my mother has perfected over the years. It makes for a yummy breakfast or nice little snack. Slathering with butter: required. We usually make 6 loaves, eat half and share the rest. What I like most about this recipe is the orange zest- it just adds a wonderful depth of flavor. I'm thinking about soaking the raisins in an orange liqueur next year, too.
Here is our recipe. It's the best ever- and we've tried so many. It's very easy, and chances are you have most of the ingredients are in your pantry. As Nana would say, Erin go bragh!
Pin and share this recipe if you love or want to try Irish Soda Bread. It's our family's standby!