Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this unique twist on traditional Irish Soda Bread. Cinnamon chips and chocolate chips give this Irish dessert a sweet flavor that will take your taste buds over the rainbow!
I love St. Patrick’s Day. I think it’s my second favorite holiday after Christmas. I mean, a holiday for Irish people who enjoy beer? What’s not to love? Our St. Patrick’s Day traditions are green beer, eating at our local Irish bar and pub, and this bread recipe. I’ve been experimenting with my family’s traditional Irish Soda Bread recipes for a few years now. I am sharing with you today my family’s favorite version. We have a sweet tooth around here so I added both cinnamon chips and chocolate chips to my batter. The chocolate chips could also be substituted with raisins (which would also be delicious) if you would like to cut down on the sugar a bit.
Not all of my area supermarkets sell cinnamon chips. I found mine in a local Wegman’s, it’s sold in the baking aisle. After I pour my batter into the loaf pan, before baking, I sprinkle the top with decorator’s sugar crystals for a little sparkle. Most Irish Soda Bread recipes are pretty basic. It’s a fun recipe to experiment with, switching the ingredients up with your preferences. My friend’s very Irish family makes theirs with caraway seeds and raisins.
Irish legends say that traditionally before baking this bread, a cross was cut on the top with a knife to ward off evil spirits and protect the household. I’ve also read that the shape of the bread was based upon the region of Ireland where it was being prepared. Most farmhouse kitchens back then only had open hearths so the bread was baked on a griddle or in an iron pot over a fire.
Luckily for us, we have it a little easier these days. Even my husband loves this bread and he’s 100% Polish. But everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right?
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- ⅓ Cup Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- ¼ Cup Butter, melted
- ¾ Cup Cinnamon Chips
- ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
- Decorator's Sugar for garnish
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9X5 inch loaf pan.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Blend egg and buttermilk together and add all at once to flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
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