My Mom, Patti Gillespie, is just how you imagine the most authentic Irish Catholic woman to be. She might beg, "Jesus Mary and Saint Patrick," in the heat of the moment… Grade school friends called our extended car pool of neighbors the Paddy Wagon.
My Mom's home smells like homemade oatmeal raisin cookies, because she's always baking. She attends mass every day she can and delivers communion to the sick. A woman like that naturally makes the best Irish Soda Bread!
Patti Gillespie's Irish Soda Bread Recipe:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease 9-inch pan.
- Scoop four tablespoons of Kerry Irish Butter into a medium sized bowl (now she uses a KitchenAid).
- Add half a cup of brown sugar.
- Use one teaspoon of vanilla. My Mom swears vanilla bought in Mexico is the best. Her friends who visit Mexico stock up on it for her, but you can also find it an ethnic grocery store.
- Add one egg.
- Mix the above together then add the following ingredients.
- Three cups of flour.
- 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds is optional. My Mom doesn't use them since my Dad doesn't like them...
- Add three teaspoons of baking powder.
- Add one tea spoon of baking soda.
- Add a 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk.
- Mix it all together.
- Stir in a cup of raisins (depending on how many you want, you may add add an extra half cup).
- Spread the dough into prepared pan.
- Make the sign of the cross with a sharp knife on top.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes. When you prick it with a tooth pick that comes out clean, it's done!
- Let it cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
- Remove it from the pan and let it continue to cool on the rack.
- Finish with a hope and prayer.
It's always a crowd pleaser, just like my Dad's Irish Coffee recipe. I hope you'll try her recipe. If you do, please let me know how it turns out!