Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Just because St. Patrick’s Day is over, doesn’t mean the Irish recipes have to stop!!!  Here’s a recipe for Irish Soda Bread that I got from a friend from my Bridal Shower.  I did swap out the margarine in the original recipe for butter, since I love baking with butter.

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It was the first time I ever made Irish Soda Bread, and it turned out fantastic!  Since it turned out so good, I thought I would share it here as well.  Enjoy!  Thanks again for the great recipe, Jackie!!  I will definitely be making this one again!!

Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 round loaf of bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 8 ounces of plain yogurt
  • Milk (just a bit for brushing on top)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix your flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together.
  • Add in your melted butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  • Next, add in your caraway seeds and yogurt.
  • Finally, stir in your raisins.
  • Knead the dough until smooth.
  • Shape into a large ball and then flatten slightly.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut an "X" into the top.
  • Place on a greased cookie sheet and brush the top with milk.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cook on wire rack.
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Recipe: Beer Pretzel Rolls

While I have all of this Lager beer in my house, I figured I would use some more of it up on another beer recipe!  (As I may have mentioned before, I’m more of a Miller Lite Gal and my husband likes the same beer as me), so if we keep Lager in the house, it may sit around forever!!  Here’s a recipe I found from a little magazine in the grocery store checkout line earlier this week.  It was called “Irish Favorites.”  The recipe is for Beer Pretzel Rolls!

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When they were done, they actually tasted like soft pretzels!  I couldn’t taste the beer at all, but they were tasty!  I’m just not sure if they were worth all the work that was put into them.  Regardless, I made pretzels for the first time in my life, and I cooked with beer for the second time in my life, so I would call that a success!

WARNING:  This is NOT a fast and easy recipe.  Do not start if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands.  There’s a lot of kneading and a lot of waiting for dough to rise with this one.  But if you have time,  it’s a great recipe!!

Beer Pretzel Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 12 pretzel rolls

Beer Pretzel Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups of lager beer at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
  • 1 package (.25 oz) rapid-rise active dry yeast
  • 4 cups of bread flour (Make sure you get Bread Flour and not All Purpose Flour...they are different!)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • A litte kosher salt to sprinkle at the end

Instructions

  • Combine your lager beer, milk, melted butter, and yeast in a bowl.
  • Stir in 1 cup flour and salt and mix well.
  • Slowly add in more flour a little at a time until all of the flour is mixed in.
  • Place your dough onto a slightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 8 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into a large ball and place into a large bowl. Cover your bowl and let sit for about 1 hour and the dough should double in size.
  • Take your dough back onto the slightly floured surface and knead again for about a minute.
  • Next, separate and shape your dough into 12 equal-sized balls.
  • Place your dough balls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about 30 minutes and the dough will grow again.
  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Spray a second baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Fill a large pot with water and add in your baking soda. Bring to a boil.
  • Add your rolls to the water, a few at a time. Cook until they puff a bit. Turn them once while they are in the water.
  • Remove your rolls and let drain on paper towels.
  • Place your rolls on your new greased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Cut 1 and 1/2 inch wide X's on the top of each roll, using kitchen scissors.
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake in 425° oven for about 15 minutes (they should be crisp and brown).
  • Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
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Homemade Garlic Bread

So there’s definitely days that I “cheat” a little in the kitchen.  I mean, seriously, when you’re working full time and have a long commute on top of that, who has the time to make an entire meal from scratch every single night?  There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a frozen lasagna from the freezer section of your grocery store and baking it in the oven!!

That’s exactly what I did this week – I bought a frozen Stouffer’s meat lasagna for dinner. Then, to make it feel a little more homey and personal, I decided to make some homemade garlic bread to go with it!!  It still makes you feel like you are putting in some effort in the kitchen and you get a delicious result!

Here’s my recipe for how to make homemade garlic bread…

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of thickly sliced bread
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Our table the night we had the lasagna & garlic bread.
Notice the extra utensil next to my husband’s plate…
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Let your 1/2 stick butter sit out to get soft OR put in a bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds (this will be long enough to soften it, but will not liquefy it)
  • Add your parsley flakes and garlic powder to the butter and mix together with a spoon until blended well.
  • Use your newly made spread to butter both sides of each piece of bread.
  • Place bread onto a non-stick baking sheet.
  • Bake in the 350° for 4 minutes on one side, then flip your bread over and bake for an additional 4 minutes on the other side.
  • Enjoy your golden-brown, delicious & homemade garlic bread!!


PS. My husband loved this garlic bread.  If you remember, he is a picky eater, which means this was a GREAT recipe!!
 

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