Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hungry? Us Too!!

{Continuing with the Things We Love series... Throughout February The Wright Place is focusing on Things We Love and if you want to begin at the beginning...start here.}

We LOVE a cozy evening snack...and a mid-morning snack...and one for late afternoon...

On Wednesday evenings, my family is involved in AWANA at our church. Never has a program reaped such benefits for our children. The amount of Scripture that they have placed in their growing hearts is amazing.

A tricky thing with evening activities, be they AWANA or sports practices or meetings, is finding time to eat dinner. We can either eat before our activities which will require a snack before bed, or we can wait and eat after our activities which will require a snack before leaving home. Either way its dinner + a snack. I'm always on the look out for a belly filling snack that will tide us over until our next eating opportunity and this is destined to be one of our favorites!

Irish Soda Bread...

It's easy. It's hearty. It's what fills bellies of all shapes and sizes here. Left overs are always good toasted for breakfast the next morning too!

Irish Soda Bread
{Printable Recipe Here!}
{only very slightly adapted from
In The Kitchen With A Good Appetite by Melissa Clark}

DRY ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon balking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

WET ingredients:
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
4 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled just a bit

1 cup raisins (optional)
2 additional tablespoons melted butter

Preheat Oven to 350˚. 
Combine the DRY ingredients in a large bowl. 

In a separate bowl, combine the WET ingredients and stir well. 

Add the WET ingredients to the DRY ingredients... 

...mix JUST until combined.

Add raisins and stir to combine.

Pour batter into a greased or sprayed 9 inch circular cake pan 
and pour two tablespoons of melted butter over the top of the batter and brush over the top. 

Bake for about one hour until the top is golden and is firm to the touch.
Cool ten minutes and then slice to serve.

Happy snacking!

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