While I may be Irish, I don’t have a real allegience to St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t wear green. I don’t really celebrate. The only St. Patrick’s thing I look forward to is some of the food. I don’t know how met Drew Huerter’s mom, but she’s pretty great. I mean, how can you not be great when your favorite beer is Pliny the Elder?
Well, she’s passed along her recipe for Irish Soda Bread which she makes using up spent grain from Drew’s dad Dan’s latest homebrew. So, I thought I’d pass it along to you. Enjoy your St. Patty’s day.
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan, or four baby loaf pans which are 5 3/4 by 3 1/4 by 2 inch.
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then mix in spent grain. Blend egg, buttemilk and ale; add to flour mixture. Mix just enough to blend ingredients. Stir in melted butter and mix well.
- Pour into pan(s) and sprinkle with a little of the reserved spent grain. If using large loaf pan bake 65 to 75 minutes. If using baby loaf pans bake 45 to 50 minutes. Do not underbake.
- Remove from pan(s) and cool completely on wire rack. Place in airtight wrap or container and store at least 8 hours before slicing. Serve with imported Irish butter (optional).