Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Carolee Gifford

3/7/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Irish Soda Bread taught

The smell of the Irish Soda Bread wafted through the lower school hall. The ancient ovens were transforming the fifth-grade creations from unlikely lumps of dough into soon-to-be consumed delights.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Highlights

By Carolee Gifford

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/7/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: St. Patrick, St. Patrick's Day, Irish Soda Bread, mothering, vegetarian, CCD


CAROLEE GIFFORD (Catholic Online) - My daughter came home from her Catholic school with the request that I come teach her class how to cook something.  A vegetarian for many years, my cooking has been the scorn of my three children on many occasions.  My favorite comment was their transformation of my very nutritious, "Cowboy Stew" into "Cowboy Spew."

Surprised that I would be asked to share my rather limited cooking talents, I approached the task with enthusiasm.

St. Patrick's Day was looming so my Irish Soda Bread was a logical choice. For years my soda bread and the little green cupcakes with plastic shamrocks were the heralds of March 17. 

My fondness for St. Patrick went beyond the soda bread, cupcakes,  rivers flowing green, festive parades, and the ever-popular green beer.

As a chaplain and CCD teacher, I am challenged regularly to explain the trinity in a readily digestible fashion.

"Is it one leaf or three?" St. Patrick challenged, holding up a three-leaf clover.  This simple question provided a tangible explanation of the Trinity, a concept that boggles many Catholics.  Something to hold on to - literally - while swimming the seas of theological inquiry.

The big day arrived.  I came armed with flour butter, raisins, buttermilk and sugar.  Not much to it but it was fun to see my daughter's classmates surrounding the various bowls I scarfed up in the school's antiquated kitchen.  The gas ovens roared, lit with a match, ready to accept our offerings.

It was a happy day filled with smiling faces, intoxicating smells and the sounds of a good saint, celebrated well.

FIFTH-GRADE SUPER DUPER IRISH SODA BREAD

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Sift together in a large bowl:
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Cut cup chilled butter into the flour with a pastry blender or two forks, until the mixture has the consistency of coarse cornmeal:

Stir in:
to 1 cup raisins

Mix together:
1 beaten egg
2/3 cup buttermilk

Add to dry ingredients and stir well.  Knead briefly and place in a greased 8-inch round pan. Press down so dough will fill the pan. Cut a bold cross over the top and sides.

Brush the top with milk.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes until nice and golden.  Enjoy!

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Home & Food

Get your oven mitts ready, it's time to bake Christmas cookies! Watch

Image of A Christmas isn't complete without Christmas cookies on the table.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Logs are burning in the fireplace and a sweet holiday tune escapes from the stereo. Christmas is here and it's time to break out those eggs and start the baking. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Whether you're a solo baker or have enlisted the help from the younger ... continue reading


What you've always thought about high blood pressure may be wrong! Sugars have more impact on your heart than previously presumed Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Lowering high blood pressure and preventing heart disease is vital; heart disease is the number one cause of premature death in the developed world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Studies show high blood pressure is heart disease's most important risk factor, ... continue reading


Delicious, but not nutritious -- you may want to give up Chicken McNuggets after reading this Watch

Image of What exactly goes into those great tasting - but highly suspect Chicken McNuggets by McDonalds? The world wants to know as many suspect - it isn't chicken!

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

What exactly goes into those great tasting - but highly suspect Chicken McNuggets by McDonalds? The world wants to know as many suspect - it isn't chicken! In response, the fast-food monarch has released a new video detailing the process - which is not very ... continue reading


Do you take aspirin everyday? Uh-oh, you'd better read this! Watch

Image of An aspirin a day can pose more risks than benefits for women under 65.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Does an aspirin a day keep women's heart attacks away, or does it merely bring along more risking medical problems? According to Healthday News, researchers found that, in women younger than 65, taking a low dosage of aspirin over years did reduce the risks of heart ... continue reading


This Thanksgiving, an average person can consume as much fat as three sticks of butter Watch

Image of It turns out that the real culprit isn't necessarily the Thanksgiving meal. It's the second helpings and embellishments that send calories skyrocketing.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The holidays are upon us - and eating right traditionally goes out the window. Dieticians estimate that the average person gobbles up the fat equivalent of three sticks of butter with every Thanksgiving and Christmas meal. The added pounds we put on during the ... continue reading


Magical grain: Barley enabled Tibetans to live at high altitudes Watch

Image of The discovery of barley probably wouldn't have been enough to sustain early Tibetans at such high altitudes.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Remember your mother telling you to eat your oatmeal, rice and wheat so that I would "stick to your ribs" and build a healthy body? There appears to be an element of truth in that. Scientists say that ancient Tibetans were able to live at high elevations levels ... continue reading


What could be worse than the end of the world? How about a world without chocolate Watch

Image of The available amount of chocolate globally continues to shrink as people continue to consume more cocoa than is produced, driving up price and decreasing flavor.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Some of the world's largest makers of chocolate, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut are warning that an era without chocolate is rapidly approaching the world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Already the world population is out consuming what little cocoa farmers ... continue reading


Americans thinking healthy, and Coca-Cola and McDonald's suffer as a result Watch

Image of Americans have fallen out of love with high-sugar, high-calorie fizzy drinks and are seeking healthier alternatives instead.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's fast and inexpensive and not good for you - and since Americans are becoming more health conscious, or desire higher quality fare, such junk food staples such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola are feeling the pinch. As iconic American as both companies are, more ... continue reading


McDonald's reveals that 'pink slime' is no longer used in their food on TV tour Watch

Image of Various rumors that have swirled around their food, even long before the Internet age, such as the claim that their hamburgers never decomposed. McDonald's is now tackling those rumors head on.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

McDonald's, the world's preeminent producer of processed fast food welcomed a crew from TV's "Good Morning America" into their California plant. It was all part of an "Our Food, Your Questions" series to dispel some of the rumors surrounding that a former ... continue reading


Taste challenge: Are these America's best burgers? Watch

Image of Zagat has released a survey of the best burgers in the United States.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Zagat has released a survey of the best burgers in the United States. Sure to inspire controversy and more than a little debate - all of it involving delicious seared beef patties and freshly cooked buns, the winners range from fast food winners In-N-Out ... continue reading


All Home & Food News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Judges 13:2-7, 24-25
2 There was a man of Zorah of the tribe of Dan, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17
3 Be a sheltering rock for me, always accessible; you ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 1:5-25
5 In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 19th, 2014 Image

St. Nemesius
December 19: Martyr of Egypt. He was burned alive in Alexandria, Egypt, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter