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Homemade Irish Cooking

What would be my favorite moment in the kitchen? Without a doubt, cooking the foods my great grandparents and grandmother made while living in Castlebar Ireland. These moments give me a sense of comfort- because I am keeping my Irish heritage alive through my cooking. While growing up, I would go to my great uncles pub that he owned in Havertown, PA where I would watch my grandmother roll irish potatoes, marinate the corn beef, mash up potatoes for the Fisherman’s Pie for hours upon hours. And no matter what kind of day she was having she would make everything with love.

This recipe I am sharing is our “Kilgallen Irish Soda Bread“. Please Enjoy!


What you need:

3 1/2 cup of self rising flour

1 cup of sugar

3/4 cup of milk

8 ounces sour cream

2 eggs

3/4 box raisins

2 tablespoon of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla


1. Soak raisins in hot water for 15 minutes, drain well and set aside

2. Blend flour and sugar together

3. In a separate bowl mix milk, sour cream, eggs, butter and vanilla together.

4. In a larger bowl, combine and whisk together wet and dry ingredients until completely blended, add raisins and fold into batter

5. Grease and flour bunt pan

6. Spoon batter into pan

7. Bake at 375 for 10 min , then lower to 350, bake additional 30 minutes.

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