Hidden Shamrock Irish Soda Bread

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Hidden Shamrock Irish Soda Bread - Happy St. Patricks Day

Traditional Irish soda bread just got a lot more fun with this hidden shamrock version. I’m not even Irish nor do I join in the festivities of St. Patricks day but this peek-a-boo pound cake soda bread is a reason to celebrate.

I had to wiki Irish Soda Bread because I wasn’t aware of it’s history or why we see it every year in grocery stores and bakeries around St. Patricks Day. There doesn’t seem to be any specific relationship between soda bread and St. Patricks Day other than being Irish. It seems Soda bread is just one of the most famous Irish specialties so what better time to eat it than an Irish holiday. Of course, Classic Irish Soda bread is now even more fun with this hidden burst of green shamrock.

Surprisingly, I used two classic recipes to make this soda bread creation. For the pound cake shamrock center, I used a melting tea cake recipe from “The Art of Fine Baking,” by my grandmother Paula Peck. The traditional soda bread recipe is from “Beard on Bread,” by James Beard. I’m not sure what they would think of this creation. Would they be impressed by the creativity? Or offended by it’s lack of authenticity? We can only guess. I do know that these recipes worked famously together to make this peek-a-boo cake soda bread version that I’m excited to eat for breakfast every morning.

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Believe it or not, this recipe is fairly easy. In general, Soda breads are simple and fast because they don’t require yeast. The leavening comes from the baking soda. Also, another short cut worth mentioning is to buy a simple pound cake or yellow cake mix from the store. It’s then just a matter of mixing, baking, and cutting the cake versus the few extra steps required for the melting tea cake. I personally prefer the tea cake because it’s slightly more dense and holds up well when the soda bread dough is wrapped around it. But either way, this Hidden Shamrock Irish Soda Breads is sure to get your St Patricks Day party started. Plus the kids will love it!

Hidden Shamrock Soda Bread



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