if i could get locked into any store it would probably be my neighborhood jewel-osco grocery store. not only would it be AWESOME to be trapped in a place with all your favorite foods on hand (wow, this sounds a lot like a fat kid dream) but what i’d really want is to find and copy their bakery’s irish soda bread recipe.
their soda bread is the best i’ve encountered out there. but really, i’ll eat about any irish soda bread handed to me. it’s one of my favorites. a semi-dense interior dotted with softened raisins and a slightly sweet crust. irish soda bread never lasts long in my family. not when my father and i devour it like there’s no tomorrow.
i really had never thought of making it in ukraine even though i have all the ingredients available to me. i stumbled across this trader joes recipe (i love me some TJ!) while randomly looking for jobs, yea, long story…well i guess it’s rather short: search for packaging design jobs at trader joes. no jobs. fine okay. oh look recipes! — if only every job search ended with a delicious recipe.
while irish soda breads often call for buttermilk, this recipe called for milk, which i already had stocked. perfect! and i just couldn’t help adding some cinnamon and nutmeg (which makes it semi-irish since it’s not traditionally added). so this might not be the oh so coveted jewel-osco recipe. that, i’ll still continue to search for, that is after i polish off this delightfully moist and crumbly, not to mention easy to make, loaf of irish soda bread.
semi-irish irish soda bread
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1.) mix (by hand) all dry ingredients together in one bowl, egg and milk in another bowl.
2.) mix wet and dry together, then add butter. pour into a greased 8″ baking dish, sprinkle sugar on top and bake at 375 degrees (350 degrees for glass) for 45 – 60 minutes. let cool and enjoy!