Food, Recipe

St. Patty’s Day a la StradaTostada


So what if we celebrate it more here than the Irish? I say: If Americans want to eat strangely flavored beef brisket and desire the smell of cooked cabbage wafting through their homes once a year-let ’em at it!

And as if our last names didn’t just scream “IRISH!”  already, we’d be dead giveaways regardless given the amount of blarney from El Guapo’s tall tales and the freckle-age from yours truly. El Guapo adores his corned beef and cabbage. He’s not going to be home for Dinner on St. Patrick’s Day this year though, so I thought I’d make something the girls and I can really wrap our mouths around!

Check this recipe out. I don’t have currants-raisins will have to do. I don’t have buttermilk nor plain yogurt so sour cream mixed with milk will have to do (50:50).  p.s. is this stealing/illegal to paste the recipe right on my post? Is that “reprinting without permission”?

This sweeter, richer version of Irish soda bread is more in tune with American tastes than the traditional Irish bread, which simply combines flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. Still, it’s not as sweet as many American soda breads; chewy and light, most of its sweetness comes from its currants, and a crackly-crunchy sugar crust. 


  • 12 3/4 ounces Perfect Pastry Blend OR King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/4 ounces granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 ounces currants or raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 14 ounces buttermilk*
  • 2 ounces butter, melted
  • *No buttermilk in the house? Substitute 1 cup milk + 3/4 cup (one 6-ounce container) plain or vanilla yogurt



1) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together the pastry blend or flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants, and caraway seeds.
3) In a separate bowl, or in a measuring cup, whisk together the egg and buttermilk (or milk and yogurt).
4) Quickly and gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
5) Stir in the melted butter.
6) Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Draw your finger around the edge of the pan to create a “moat.” Drizzle the bread with the 1 tablespoon of milk; the moat will help prevent the milk from running down the sides of the loaf. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar.
7) Bake the bread for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean; the interior of the bread will measure 200°F to 210° on an instant-read thermometer.
8) Remove the bread from the oven, loosen its edges, and after 5 minutes turn it out onto a rack to cool. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap airtight and store at room temperature.
Yield: 1 loaf.
This recipe reprinted from The Baker’s Catalogue, Spring through Summer 2001.
Hands-on time:
10 mins. to 12 mins.
Baking time:
50 mins. to 60 mins.
Total time:
60 mins. to 1 hrs 12 mins.
1 loaf

Top O’ the Morning to ya!

La Gringa


2 thoughts on “St. Patty’s Day a la StradaTostada

  1. Jen F says:

    So fun! And agreed! Although us Americans have a tendency to over commercialize most holidays, we do know how to make it a fun celebration and exciting for the kids! We all had green on today…made that mistake a couple years ago sending the eldest little missy to school without green! She has immigration day tomorrow so we’re making Portuguese Bean Soup for dinner tonight…not quite Irish…but it DOES have cabbage in it…surely that counts? 🙂 Good luck on your Irish bread. It looks delicious!


  2. Okay-I just made this and it is SO yummy!!! I put green sugar crystal sprinkles on top instead of the “coarse sugar” it calls for to give it that evidence that a Leprechaun just peed on it (ha!). I love the caraway seeds and the raisins!


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