One for my Husband: Irish Soda Bread (2 ways!)

My husband has a great name.

Tim Malloy. 

It’s sturdy. It’s timeless. And also quite Irish.

This time of year brings out the pride of those having Irish ancestry, especially in Philadelphia. Beer and mustaches are dyed green for the feast day of St. Patrick. The St. Patty’s Day Parade is also a time of great celebration in the streets of Philadelphia.

Great. But, what does this have to do with my husband?

Very often people will comment on how Irish his name is, the comments reach a height during the month of March. This is most likely because his name is undistinguishable from the name of an old catholic gang from the 1920s in Glasgow, “Timalloy” or Tim Malloys, associated with the Celtic Football Club. This term is now used as a nickname for the fans of that football club, often shortened as “Tims.”

I did not grow up in a house full of Irish Soda Bread and other great Irish treats around the 17th of March, particularly because I am not of Irish heritage (ah, makes sense, right?). And, being of Irish descent, my husband did. So, this time of year, I always try to make a little something for him to enjoy and this Irish Soda Bread was it!

This one is for my husband! Éirinn go brách, Tim Malloy!! :)

Irish Soda Bread (2 Ways)
Yields 6 to 8 servings

3.5 cups cake flour or all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup raisins, optional
1 and 1/4 to 1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk //or// a dairy-free version: 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups soy milk or almond milk + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and grease a cast-iron skillet.
2. Whisk together the dry ingredients. *If doing the dairy-free version: combine the vinegar and soy milk, and allow it to stand for 3-5 minutes to curdle.
3. Slowly add the milk, stirring until a dough forms. It may take between 1 and 1 and 1/2 cups, depending upon the humidity.
4. Knead the dough for about 10 seconds, form into a ball and place into the prepared skillet.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

207 calories   |   1g fat    |    6g protein

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19 thoughts on “One for my Husband: Irish Soda Bread (2 ways!)

  1. My half Irish hubby is just happy if I DON’T make corned beef. I’m making some soda bread over the weekend…just love the stuff and yours looks perfect :)

  2. Emily, it looks delicious and your husband will enjoy the bread as well as the thought that has gone into its creation. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  3. I love Irish Soda Bread! We just talked about it at work yesterday and someone brought in two loaves from ShopRite because we’re too lazy to bake our own!

  4. I’m going to attempt to bake up an Irish Soda Bread this weekend. Wish me Luck!!!

    Love the story, Emily. I guess there is some truth to the proclamation that everyone is Irish on St. Patty’s Day!

    Thanks for sharing…

  5. Outstanding :) This will certainly make this Italian girl’s Irish husband a very happy camper! I’ve got everything right in the fridge…gonna have to sub the cream with coconut milk though. Wish me luck!

  6. I’m not Irish…so I’m not so familiar with many Irish recipes (ok ok…I won’t lie…I love Bailey’s over ice!) So I’ve yet to try an Irish soda bread. But this turned out lovely and I really want to give it a go. Like Kiran above, I need a cast iron skillet asap! : )

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