Happy St. Padddy’s Day and Irish Soda Bread recipe

Whether you were relaxing at home or enjoying a green beer at a pub, I hope you had a great weekend. Unfortunately, I was still getting over  a nasty cold so I wasn’t able to partake in any St. Paddy’s day festivities,  but I still made the most of it.  On Saturday we celebrated my husbands 31st birthday. I made him breakfast in the morning which included a delicious french toast casserole(I’ll post the recipe later), bacon, and mimosas.  We just spent the day relaxing at home and setting up his new Xbox One.

breakfast

Later that night we had dinner reservations at Redstone in Oakbrook Terrace and enjoying seared ahi tuna, grilled meatloaf, delicious braised beef short ribs and banana cream pie. I was only able to get a picture of my short ribs ( I still feel weird about taking pictures of my food). This was my favorite though, so I had to share it.

We discovered Redstone early last year while we were looking for wedding venues in the area. We were hungry for dinner and saw this place tucked away between multiple corporate buildings. As soon as you walk in you notice the amazing ambiance. The soft, dim lighting and the blazing fireplaces make it feel extremely comforting, elegant, and romantic. Their menu is classic american comfort, but it is elevated to a more sophisticated level. We always have great service when we go here and the servers are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. One thing is that you almost always need a reservation (especially on the weekends) because it gets busy really fast.  If you are in the Oakbrook area, I would definitely recommend Redstone.

Dinner

Sunday was an extremely productive day! I was feeling better (I could finally breath out of both nostrils) and I had the cleaning itch! We spent the day cleaning the condo and cooking for the week. I was also inspired to make Irish soda bread to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I thought I would share my recipe with you. It’s super easy and it’s not too sweet ( I’m not really a fan of overly sweet desserts). It’s good for breakfast OR dessert!

bread

Irish Soda Bread Recipe (adapted from Epicurious)

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter cut into cubes at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tbs caraway seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously butter a 10-12in cast iron skillet
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Add the butter and mix with fingers until coarse crumbs form
  • Stir in raisins and caraway seeds
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg
  • Add the buttermilk and egg mixture to the dough mixture and mix until just incorporated (it will be sticky)
  • Transfer dough to the center of the cast iron making sure its evenly distributed (this will ensure that it bakes evenly)
  • Bake for about 1 hour and 15 min and cool completely
  • Serve with Irish butter!

Printable Recipe HERE

 

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