Recipe: Luck of the Irish (Soda Bread)

This Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day, aka a pretty big deal in the Moore family household. When I was a wee little thing, I vividly remember my mom decking out the house in Irish flair – with everything from green garland to shamrock plants. It was a truly spectacular start to the spring season.

But perhaps my fondest memory of those days was the smell of Irish soda bread baking in our kitchen. It’s a simple bread made with just a few ingredients, and yet it has so much substance and a slight hint of sweetness. The caraway seeds and raisins really give it a unique flavoring (although you can always leave them out if they’re not your cup o’ tea).

I’m honored to share my mom’s famous Moore Irish Soda Bread recipe with you here, and hope you’ll have as much fun baking it as I did eating it! Even though this is the “classic” version, you can always make the recipe gluten-free or vegan by substituting some of the ingredients with their gluten-free or vegan counterparts (i.e. 3 cups of All-Purpose Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend for 3 cups of regular flour). Sláinte!