I get so caught up in the business of life sometimes. I forget what’s right in front of me.

Does that ever happen to you? Making a list, checking it twice…

Get the kids off to school with some breakfast in their bellies, lunches in their bags, courage screwed on tight to face a new day.

Get a new blog post up & at ’em. Start working on the next one. And the one after that. Maybe throw a proper dinner into the mix. Cupcakes are not dinner.

You get the idea. I know you do. You smartypants, you.

This time, what was right in front me … was this Irish Soda Bread.

On page 110 of the Shoestring Cookbook, there’s a recipe for Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread. And it’s a good one. Since it wasn’t possible for the book to have a photo for every recipe, I thought you might like to see photos on here of some cookbook recipes.

Think of it like the sneak peeks we did of recipes like Gluten-Free Saltines, Yeast-free English Muffins and Chocolate Doughnuts that will be in my next cookbook, Shoestring Quick & Easy, but better. With book #1 in hand, you can make this recipe today, just in time for good ol’ St. Pat.

Here’s something a little different I did this time around. I soaked the raisins in warm water. But since I didn’t want warm raisins messing up my pastry, I rinsed them in cold water after they soaked and spread them out on a baking sheet. Then I popped them in the freezer until they were firm (about 10 minutes). They make the soda bread even flakier & fluffier.

Then I tossed the raisins in the dry ingredients before adding the milk and forming the dough.

The dough is sticky, so I piled it into the pan (I used a seasoned cast iron skillet) and smoothed the top with cold, wet hands. And I cut slashes in the dough in an “X” with a sharp, wet knife.

Here’s what it looks like when it comes out of the oven, still in the pan.

It finishes cooling on a wire rack. Strike up the band, Danny Boy; the pipes, the pipes are calling.


P.S. For the next book, Shoestring Quick & Easy (available for preorder now on Amazon!), out this October, I’d like you to see more pictures than what’s in the book itself. Maybe a bunch of photos you can download from the blog when the book comes out? Like a mini-book, but just photos. And for free. Not sure the format, though. I’m open to any and all ideas!