The Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIf you can’t tell that I’m Irish by my appearance, my maiden name, Maureen Katherine McGill, would most likely clue you in. I’m proud to be Irish and enjoy the overall concept of St. Patrick’s Day, but let’s just say that being Irish does not mean I like “traditional” Irish food. Quite frankly, I find it difficult to find Irish recipes that I and my children will even eat for St. Patrick’s Day (my Ukrainian husband on the other hand, will happily chow down on corned beef and cabbage all day). Even Irish soda bread can be a bit tasteless and dry. Last St. Patrick’s Day, however, we made the best Irish soda bread recipe.  This bread is cooked in a loaf pan and does not have the traditional cross cut into it, but is absolutely delicious. Its texture is a cross between pound cake and traditional bread.

Ironically, what many Americans think of as traditional Irish soda bread
, bread with raisins in it, is actually called Spotted Dick. I also was have learned that not even Irish people living in Ireland are fond of “traditional” Irish food. Watch this funny video to see exactly what Irish people think of Americans’ ideas of Irish food!