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Irish Soda Bread

I remember my mom baking a lot when my brother and I were kids. Our house was always filled with good food and the smell of something fantastic in the oven. My memories of Irish soda bread are genreally tied to St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef, and colcannon.  But this bread in the oven reminds me so much of home, it smells warm and sweet and just slightly of caraway. And seriously…it’s super easy.
Sorry for the blurry picture. This was in the middle of the St. Patty’s day carnage. 
Irish Soda Bread

½ cup sugar

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
3 cups raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1¼ cups buttermilk
1 cup sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch round cast iron skillet or a 9-inch round baking or cake pan.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins, and caraway seeds. 
3. In a small bowl, blend eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream. 
4. Stir the liquid mixture into the flour mixture just until the flour is moistened. Knead dough in bowl about 10 to 12 strokes. Dough will be sticky. 
5. Place the dough in the prepared skillet or pan and pat down. Cut a 4x¾ inch deep slit in the top of the bread.
6. Bake in an oven preheated to 350F for 65 to 75 minutes. The bread will be golden brown and it will sound hollow-ish when tapped. Let cool and turn bread out onto a wire rack. 

And that it, six easy steps to super-fabulous soda bread. 

Pumpkin Oatmeal


I always feel rushed in the mornings. This is partially due to my complete inability to drag myself from my warm cozy bed and partially it’s due to the fact that there actually is not enough time in the morning. I love having hot breakfast in the morning, but usually due to the time crunch I just grab a banana or a string cheese or something else equally unfulfilling. Due to all my lack or time morning drama I am all about things that I can make in advance and re-heat. That’s one of the reasons I love love love this oatmeal; it’s warm and soft and pumpkin-y. I love it!

Pumpkin Oatmeal
Adapted from Aarti Party
1 (14-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not Pumpkin Pie filling)
2 cups water
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or water

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill-Thick Rolled Oats)

1. In a large pot, combine the pumpkin puree, water, milk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a boil.
2. Add the oatmeal. Turn the heat down and cook according to the instructions; mine usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Stir often…like really often…otherwise the pumpkin will burn. When the oatmeal is cooked remove from the heat.
3. Divide oatmeal between 5 containers and refrigerate.
4. Reheat in the microwave for 1:30 to 2:00 minutes. Add milk or cream (I love fat-free half & half) and sweetener (I use Splenda, but you could use sugar, honey, or maple syrup) to taste.
5. Enjoy a steaming bowl of yummy pumpkin-y oatmeal.

WW PointsPlus: 4 when plain, 5 with 3Tbsps fat free half and half.