Irish Soda Bread
Tis’ not the season for Irish Soda Bread. St. Patricks Day is a quite a way’s away but Reno was having a Fall Fiesta in her Pre-K class and the teachers asked that the parents bring in a food that celebrates your background. Reno has quite a mix of countries that make up who she is so we had a lot to choose from. I think the teachers assumed she would be bringing something Italian in because of our last name but the problem with that is I’m not Italian. Not even close to being Italian. I struggled a bit with what to make. I wanted to make something that I knew the kids would at least try and Seitan Parmesan was not something I was ready to introduce to those kids and their parents so I brought it down to two choices: Crepes (France) and Irish Soda Bread (Ireland). What kid doesn’t like pancakes and bread?
With the fiasco of the Halloween Cut Out Cookies that I had made for her school I wanted to keep this project as simple as could be so I chose the Irish Soda Bread. Having said that I of course have never made Irish Soda Bread. Crepes….I’ve made before….MANY TIMES. Luckily for me the bread came out beautifully! From what was left over after the Fiesta I would say most of the kids/parents/teachers at the party liked it as well.
Two parents exclaimed at how brave I was to tackle making bread. The thing is this bread was the least labor intensive item at the party. It was in the oven in less then 10 minutes. All you do is throw some dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another, combine, shape, bake for 40 minutes. So simple! I will definitely be making this again for St. Patricks Day in 2012 along with some boiled cabbage and potatoes.