Soda Bread & Colcannon
|joanne's raisin soda bread|
In my dad’s youth, food was still cooked using the fireplace. They baked soda bread, similar to the recipe shared below, by placing hot coals onto the hearth and then resting the pan of doughy goodness atop.
Soda bread takes varied forms: simple, hearty and sweet. Following is my mom, Joanne’s, recipe for raisin soda bread. My mom is also of Irish descent. Her father was from Cavan and mother’s family were from Tipperary. Her soda bread recipe reflects the different regional takes on the basic bread.
- 1 tablespoon uncooked rolled oats
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (plus scant more for kneading)
- 3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups raisins
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (omit or add more depending on personal taste)
- 2 cups buttermilk