Irish Soda Bread & Dubliner Cheese for St. Patrick’s Day

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Irish Soda Bread is an easy quick bread to fill the bread basket with. It mixes up effortlessly and bakes up beautifully.

Irish Soda Bread | Life as Mom

We are creatures of habit in these here parts. Once I find a theme meal that works for us, we tend to stick to it.

Buche de Noel on Christmas, finger foods for New Years, and …. wait for it…. Irish Stew on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Neither FishPapa nor I care for corned beef, so we avoid that American ritual and go to something simple: a hearty beef stew.

Oh sometimes, we mix it up. I might make this Guinness Beef Stew. Or a Shepherd’s Pie. But we almost always have Irish Soda Bread and Dubliner Cheese.

My kids eagerly look forward to these side dishes. The Dubliner is a little bit of a splurge, but Costco usually has a fair price on it. St. Patrick’s Day used to our once-a-year gig with Irish cheese, but now that FishBoy15 has told me it’s his very favorite cheese, we enjoy it whenever I can find a good price on it.

Irish Soda Bread | Life as Mom

The soda bread is super easy to mix up. It goes great with the Irish stew — and there are rarely leftovers.

What do YOU serve for St. Patrick’s Day?

*This recipe was originally posted on March 16, 2011. But, it’s a keeper!

Irish Soda Bread Recipe | Life as Mom

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  1. Dee says

    I made my Irish stew a day early since I have a very packed day tomorrow… All I can say is YUMMO!! And the beef is beyond tender! Wish I had had time for Irish Soda Bread, next year for sure!

  2. Happy St Patrick’s Day from N Ireland 🙂

    I can’t link up anything, as here it isn’t actually a day when we traditionally eat anything different! We do eat irish stew sometimes, but not especially today. I have never had corn beef, in fact I didn’t know it was associated with Ireland until I started blogging a few years ago!

    We don’t try to catch leprechauns, wear green so we don’t get pinched etc …everyone else seems to do these instead! Hope I haven’t disillusioned you too much 🙁

    My kids don’t even have the day off school – but I’ll probably head into Belfast to photograph the parade and share it on my blog later.

  3. Gotta have that corned beef and cabbage, right?

  4. I looked for that cheese when I made my fondue and never did find it. Your bread looks yummy!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  5. I developed this simple and ALL NATURAL recipe for dairy-free fudge just this week. It even has alternatives for special diets. It was a great hit at our home. Try it yourself -it is a great way to sneak in a secret healthy ingredient into your diet as well! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and thanks for hosting!

  6. Jenny says

    We don’t really celebrate or do anything special on St. Patrick’s Day and we are not real fans of Irish food. In fact, when I went to Ireland about 6 years ago, I thought I was going to starve before I got to England! I linked up a “green” recipe using spinach today, however I think it would be great to sub Dubliner cheese.

  7. Regina says

    Love that cheese! Hubby doesn’t like corned beef much, so I make a “Guinness steak pie”– double-crusted pie. You throw in some onion & floured steak, a handful of raisins, bit of brown sugar, S&P to taste, and simmer it all in Guinness (add more as needed) for a few hours. Now that I think of it, I should try this in the crockpot! Anyways, toss it in a pre-baked bottom crust, slap another crust on top and cook til the crust is done. It is amazing!

  8. Nancy Lundy says

    We don’t have a dinner ritual, but today I sent only green things in my 7-year-old daughter’s lunch – green salad with green Ranch dressing, kiwi, green grapes, pickles, and green lemonade. I can’t wait to hear whether or not she liked it.

  9. thanks for hosting, happy st. pats! I plan on getting my kiddos to eat green fruits and veggies today, stop by my post and see how, plus three naturally green healthy recipes.

  10. Jacky says

    I always love finding new St. Pat Day recipes to try each year!

  11. when i was growing up, my spring break was always over st. patrick’s day and we’d go to FL to visit my grandparents. my grandma would always serve corned beef and cabbage, which none of liked, so we’d go to mcdonald’s after dinner on our way back to our condo :)…now it’s my husband’s birthday so we don’t really celebrate st. patrick’s day, though i did make him a grasshopper pie for dessert 🙂 we’re having stir fry instead!

  12. It’s been a fun day! We started with green pancakes (which sort of turned blue when they cooked). Now we’re following your exact recipes for Irish Stew and Irish Soda Bread! Looking forward to a yummy dinner! Thanks!!

  13. I linked a little golden layer cake – the kind you find at the end of a rainbow!

  14. Hattie says

    We had Irish soda bread (my recipe came from a Taste of Home issue, and includes caraway seeds and raisins), fried potatoes, and a egg-sausage-mushroom-cheese breakfast casserole dish. It was a St Patty’s Day brunch for dinner.:) We watched Darby O Gill and the Little People, and ate brownies with M&Ms for dessert. We’re making shamrock cookies tomorrow, even if it’s a day late.:) The desserts may not be authentically Irish, but they’re yummy.:)

  15. AllieZirkle says

    YUM! I doubled this recipe last night. I baked it on my silpat as I didn’t want it crispy crunchy as my hubby & older daughter are in braces. They gave this recipe rave reviews! I’m thinking of making a recipe into biscuits as 1/2 my family won’t eat foods cut into triangles. Seriously. haha


  16. Just made my very first loaf of Irish soda bread– I only tried a nibble, but it tasted good! I used all whole white wheat (because it’s what I had ;)). Looking forward to having some Dubliner cheese alongside a fresh loaf on Saturday!

  17. Samantha says

    We’ve made this recipe a handful of times in the past week- YUMM-O!!! I now just tell my daughter to “make bread.” I made chicken noodle soup, so when we made the bread tonight I added some Green Goddess seasoning (from Penzey’s- lots of dill) and a smidge of sugar. It was a nice addition, considering chicken noodle soup is not complex or spicy.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      Interesting variation! Gonna have to try spicing it up a bit. My big boys (12 and 15) can make it all on their own, so I, too, say “go make bread.” Love it!

  18. DL says

    My firstborn son was born on St. Patrick’s Day and even came to us with red hair! I am so excited as all my children and grandchildren will be coming over after church to celebrate this son’s birthday. As he really enjoys beef stew, your recipe may be just what I have been looking for to serve for dinner.

    When this son was younger we did a “green eggs” and ham breakfast one year. I used a bit of food coloring to color the eggs, but I must say it really wasn’t a winner.

  19. We made this tonight and it was wonderful! Thank you so much…everyone really enjoyed it! Hope you’re having a happy day! This week’s Homemaking Linkup is up and I would love to have you join, if you haven’t already.

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  20. So glad to see this recipe! Just today I checked to make sure I have everything for Shepherd’s Pie. I think I’ll add the Soda Bread to the menu 🙂 Than kyou!

  21. Shelly says

    What does the Dubliner cheese taste like? I almost bought some the other day. ( Aldi’s had it!) I didn’t buy it though, as I just wasn’t sure what the taste would be like!!

  22. Janet says

    Tried the Irish soda bread – failed. The bread looked wonderful but was very dry. Of course, if I had not forgotten to put the oil in the dough it might have come out better 😉 I didn’t want to waste it so I cut it into cubes, tossed it with olive oil and butter and a couple tablespoons of Cajun seasoning and baked in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Made great croutons. Next time I will try to follow the recipe and see if I can get it right.

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