St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread, The Real McCoy!

 The Real McCoy!

St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland.  St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on the 17th of March. This is a day when all people can “Go Green” and be Irish for a day. It’s also a day when many Irish recipes are taken out in homes and restaurants across the globe. 

Some of these dishes that are well-known are corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Shepherd’s Pie, Dublin coddle, potato casserole, bangers & mash, and Irish coffee to name a few.  Let’s not forget all the dyed green – cupcakes, cookies, scones, and even beer!  

Irish soda bread has many variations.  And, it is almost impossible to find it without raisins. Traditional Irish soda bread is basically a soda bread that has none of the following: raisins, eggs, or any significant amounts of sugar. It is bread, not a cake!

 So, therefore, a traditional Irish soda bread uses baking soda, instead of yeast as a leavening agent, and it contains only flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. The buttermilk’s acidity reacts with the baking soda to produce the gasses needed to raise the dough.  This is what gives this bread its very distinctive taste.

Variations of Irish soda bread can be equal to, and even at times more delicious than, their classic counterpart, but should never be classified as a real McCoy!

The life and story of St. Patrick are interesting.  Take a moment to learn more.


  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

You can serve this real McCoy as a side dish to accompany my delicious corned beef and cabbage recipe.