Why am I making Irish Soda Bread? I was recently in Ireland and discovered that I really like it! Web Guy is on a 3 month work assignment in Dublin and I popped over there to visit him a couple of weeks ago. Then the two of us flew over to Germany for a long weekend to visit Claudia and Andreas (Wollmeise) too. So I thought I’d share a few pictures with you before the recipe.
Dublin has beautiful buildings and bridges and riverwalks. Danny walks along the river to work every day and I came home wishing I could walk to work. Great to get out and about in the fresh air before and after work.
One of the days he was working, I visited the Book of Kells and The Long Room Library on Trinity College’s campus. Both incredible. As a book lover, the library was outstanding. Some of the oldest books in the world are housed there. (Click on that picture to make it bigger and to get a feel for how huge that place was.) I also loved those two trees on the campus.
I went to two yarn shops in Dublin – both friendly and bright and wonderful. If you ever get to Dublin, I hope you will visit them. The Constant Knitter is in a great area with cool antique shops. And This is Knit is in a great big old building with lots of other shops and places to eat.
I shopped in the Aran Sweater Market and was stunned by this wall of cabled scarves, a different one for every clan. (I checked – you can order patterns from them to make your own.)
The blocks of pubs and restaurants were fun to walk through. And the lighting on the buildings at night was so pretty.
I discovered my most favorite hot chocolate ever from Insomnia. I’m sad that I probably won’t be back to Dublin to get it again. It tastes like a melted Dove Milk Chocolate bar. Amazingly good. (Also? I appreciated the directions at every crosswalk, telling you which way to look for traffic before crossing. #drivingontheothersideoftheroadcancauseproblemsforsomeofus)
We visited old churches and buildings, and the coast of the Irish Sea. So pretty. (Dublin is very cloudy and rainy pretty much all.the.time. I think I saw the sun twice in the seven days I was there.)
Then we flew over to visit Claudia and Andreas, which is always fun! Claudia’s shop is my second favorite yarn shop (second only to my own Loopy Ewe yarn shop) and I could sit there and knit and absorb beautiful colors all day long! This chick has been there knitting every time I have been over to visit. Lucky chick. (You can make your own knitting chick.)
I love the little town that Claudia lives in – Pfaffenhofen. Pretty buildings and town square, nice shops and farmer’s market, and such a great little Christkindl Market during the holidays. Can’t wait to go back.
When I came home, I had to try making Irish Soda Bread. This recipe comes from allrecipes.com.
4 cups flour
4 Tbl. White sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbl. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix all the dry ingredients. Add in 1 cup buttermilk and the egg and knead slightly.
Form the dough into a round and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Score the top with an X, using a sharp knife.
Brush the top with a mixture of 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk. (You can continue to brush more on as it bakes.)
Bake for 30-50 minutes (when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.)
Serve with butter and jam.
Have a great weekend, and I hope you get in some project time!