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A wee bit of advice for next St. Pat’s

irish sodaIt’s too  late for this year, but file this in your St. Patrick’s folder for next year. I really wanted to make my own Irish soda bread last week, but time got away from me. Plan B was to buy a loaf at the Gaelic American Club, like I do every year. But then I happened to be in ShopRite (I usually go to Stop & Shop) where they were giving out samples of Katie Reilly’s Irish Soda Bread. I took a little piece and wow! I was amazed at how good it was. I picked up a loaf and looked at the ingredients: unbleached flour (wheat), granulated sugar, buttermilk, eggs, salted butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt and raisins. Honestly, I was shocked that there weren’t any preservatives or other crap in it. I brought a loaf home and we essentially devoured it. If you shy away from Irish Soda Bread because of the caraway seeds, this is a loaf for you. It was crusted in sugar so it was more dessert-like. I don’t know if that’s blasphemy in the Irish food world, but I loved it. I only regret that I didn’t buy more for the freezer.