Where to find Irish soda bread?

irish soda bread in pansIrisira emails with timely question:

My boss thought it would be fun for those of us of Irish descent to share some goodies with the rest of the office on March 17. I volunteered to bring in soda bread (because I love it and wanted to see it represented), but I'm not sure where the best place to buy it is!
I figured you guys would be good to ask, especially since I'm not going to be the only one jonesing for soda bread on 3/17.

Got a suggestion for Irisira? Please share!

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They have it at Price Chopper (at least, they have it at the one on Rt. 155 and Central Ave.).

I'm a big fan of making your own, though--it's usually way tastier than store-bought. Here's an easy recipe: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/irish_soda_bread/

+1 Price Chopper. They do a nice job.

Thanks for the recipe link, SiobhanK524!

Make your own. It's so much better. Here is my tried and true recipe.

lrish Soda Bread

4 cup sifted flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teasooon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon caraway seeds
114 cup butter
2 cups soaked raisins*
1-113 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg yolk, beaten

INSTRUCTIONS:
Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into mixing bowl; stir in caraway
seeds. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse meal; stir in raisins.
Combine buttermilk, 1 egg and baking soda; stir into flour mixture just enough to moisten dry ingredients.
Turn onto floured board and knead lighlly until dough is smooth. Shape in a ball and place in a greased 2 qt. casserole, With sharp knife, cut a 4" cross about 1 1/2" deep in center of dough (this makes a decorative top). Brush with egg yolk.
Bake (375) about l hour, or until a cake tester or wooden pick
inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
Cool bread in casserole 10 minutes; remove. Cool on wire rack before cutting.
To serve, cut down through loaf to divide in quarters;thinly slice each quarter. Makes 1 loaf.

*Raisins soaked overnight in Irish whiskey and some warm tap water prior to making bread. No liquid measurement...just enough to cover the raisins in a
mixing bowl. Makes for a "moister" bread.

Saw some at the Scotia Hannaford last night, but I think I might try to make my own, as suggested above.

I have made my own which was good but for fast and easy Price Chopper does a nice job.

Bountiful Bread in Stuyvesant also has some

Twitter: @Bountiful_Bread: "@AOA_feed @alloveralbany We have delicious Irish Soda Bread! http://yfrog.com/gyo53pdj"

I'm also in the "make your own" bandwagon. It's really hard to screw up, and while APMom's directions sound delicious it's not that complicated. I had really good luck with Peter Mum's directions this year, and true to form a particular French pastry junkie stuffed as much as possible into his face, which I take as a good sign -- just make sure you read ahead and note that if you are using regular milk to add some baking powder. Preheating some cast iron or a pizza stone should do the trick.

Price Chopper is a faithful backup.

The Troy Food Coop has been carrying Irish soda bread from Dolce & Biscotti in Clifton Park - or you could buy the ingredients at the coop and bake your own.

They have it at most area grocery stores -- but it's so easy to make, why not make your own? It'll surely be a lot cheaper -- I have no idea how grocery stores get away with charging 5 bucks for a little loaf when you could make it yourself, it would taste better that way and it would only cost you a couple of bucks, maybe, for the ingredients.

We make it at Crisan, but without the seeds and raisins because otherwise it doesn't sell as well. We also don't have it all the time so I'd say call ahead to check, or to order some slices a few days in advance so we have time to make it :)

Price Chopper's soda bread is delicious, but as others said, it's super easy to make! I like this recipe:

http://blog.timesunion.com/madeo/worlds-best-irish-soda-bread-recipe/

Panera has Irish Soda Bread March 13th-17th.

I've got to give PChop another vote here - I'm not their number one fan but the soda bread is DELICIOUS. It's also on sale 2 for $5 - when I bought it I was wondering why it would be a 2fer (why would the average person buy 2 loaves?), but I think I may have to go back and stock up before it disappears. It's that good.

Thanks Meagan -- but getting the recipe from THAT website could mean your bread is hexed with an ancient Irish curse!

Instead, folks should see the recipe here:

http://keyboardkrumbs.com/worlds-best-irish-soda-bread-recipe/

Remember: Old blog = Irish curse. Don't do it.

irish mist in troy has it as well as many other irish enspired dishes

jose malones (irish/mexican) serves occasionally.

Thanks, all!

This is the first chance I've had to check the thread all day. As much as I'm sure making it homemade is the way to go (and maybe I will do that next year), but tonight's out (don't have all the ingredients handy) and tomorrow I have an after-work meeting and won't be home until nearly 9pm. So, making it this year is not an option. :(

Thanks for all of the suggestions!

irisira, it really takes less than an hour to make, and most of that (~45 minutes) is baking time.

Try this: swing by PChop tomorrow and grab one loaf + ingredients. Try to make a second: if it doesn't work out, you have your backup, no harm done; if it does you bring a bit of personal awesomeness to the office. Win/win.

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