I have known my friend Claire since the first grade. Turns out to be 42 years that I have known her. She is a great lady and has always been a good friend to me. Over the past couple of years when I have gone to Claire’s house, she has made Irish bread for me. I absolutely love Claire’s Irish bread! I should say that Claire is Irish if that isn’t obvious from her name. Her parents came to the U.S. from Ireland. I think the differences from her family to mine are interesting. I also think it is interesting that if her parents and my grandparents hadn’t immigrated to this country, then Claire and I would never have met and I would never have gotten to eat her Irish bread, or experience any of the other wonderful things about knowing Claire. Now that I think of it, if my father’s parents hadn’t come from Italy and my mother’s grandparents didn’t come from Ireland, I wouldn’t exist. Interesting.
A few months ago, I asked Claire to the recipe to her Irish bread. She gave it to me and a few weeks ago, now that the weather is cooler, I made my first attempt at making the bread. Sadly, I forgot to grease the pan and it definitely should have been in the oven longer. Hey, I did what the recipe said. Anyway, it was a little bit raw on the inside and I couldn’t get it out of the pan in one piece. Failure. I was expecting my first try might not work out. So I made another. This time I did everything right, except I forgot to put the sugar on top. It was still really good.
Today I made another one, complete with sugar on top. Natural sugar that is.
Still to hot to eat, but look at all those beautiful raisins!
I don’t think Claire will mind.
1 stick of butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 lb raisins
butter and sugar then sour cream and eggs. Slowly add flour mixture
1 hour and 10 minutes 375 degrees
Hey, that is exactly what the recipe says. I will say the raw sugar goes on top before you put it in the oven. You’re going to have to tweek the amount of raisins you want in there, I did. Also, the length of baking time might be different for me in a convection oven. I had to bake it for 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was fun to make. Thanks Claire.