Irish Beef Stew This delicious recipe for Irish Beef Stew comes to you via Chef John at Food Wishes for Allrecipes. I made four changes to this recipe. First off, instead of serving this delicious stew over chive mashed potatoes as Chef John suggested, we opted for adding …
Irish Cabbage with Bacon We absolutely loved this recipe for Irish Cabbage with Bacon. It’s simply delicious. The cabbage was super tender, the addition of bacon, well…let’s face it, bacon never hurt anything and after making this recipe I have realized that apple cider vinegar …
Sourdough Irish Soda Bread
Sourdough Irish Soda Bread is a super tasty bread made with sourdough starter, buttermilk, currants and orange zest. If you aren’t able to find currants in your area, substitute raisins or dried cranberries. You can also purchase currants online at Nuts.com. The delicious Irish soda bread has the zest of one large orange which adds so much flavor. This bread is great served with a drizzle of honey.
Soda bread is a quick bread that is leavened with baking soda combined with an acid ingredient, usually buttermilk. Irish Soda Bread is the best known of this genre. Quick Breads are breads that are quick to make because it doesn’t require kneading or rising time. That’s because the leavener in quick bread is usually baking powder or baking soda, which when combined with moisture, starts the rising process immediately.
Irish Soda Bread
Apart from Shepard’s pie, potatoes and Guinness beer, perhaps the most famous food from the Emerald Isle is Irish Soda Bread. This simple and classic bread is made in the weeks and days leading up to Saint Patrick’s Day. Irish Soda Bread was first introduced was first created in the late 1830’s, more out of practical necessity than culinary.
Though soda bread is commonly attributed to Ireland, the first people to use soda to leaven their bread were the American Indians. These indigenous Americans were the first to be documented using pearl ash. A natural form of soda created from the ashes of wood to leaven their breads without the presence of yeast. However, it wasn’t until this process was later discovered and replicated by the Irish that it earned a reputation worldwide.