Throughout Grace’s life in The Girl in the Shadows series she spends a lot of time baking bread. I thought it might be a nice idea to include a few of the more traditional recipes for the type of bread enjoyed in these times.
My own grandmother made the most delicious currant cakes — soda bread flavoured with a little precious sugar and a handful of currants — in the big black pot as described in the first book.
She gave me the recipe and I made many of these loaves for my family over the years. Alas, I haven’t made any for a long time now so the exact recipe scribbled on a wrinkled and yellowed sheet of paper is lurking somewhere, no doubt hidden in an old recipe book, and until I find it we will have to make do!
This recipe is very close to the one my grandmother used for many years and which she kindly handed down to me. Why not have a go at making this delicious and simple bread and let me know how you get on!
Thank you Odlums for this wonderful recipe! Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Or if you want the wholemeal version, try the Bord Bia recipe Traditional Brown Soda Bread
Or try both!
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