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Irish Soda Bread for St. Patty's

Irish Soda Bread in honor of St. Patty's Day!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day coming up for this week's video we made Irish Soda Bread! 

Cas loves helping bake pastries and prepare meals. Little hands helping in the kitchen makes baking and cooking extra fun. Before starting realize it will get messy and extra cleanup time will be required but the lesson your child gets about prepping and cooking or baking food for themselves to nourish their little bodies and souls is so worth it!  

We got our St Patty's Irish Soda Bread  recipe from our Kindergarden homeschool curriculum's bread of the month for March. 

1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 Eggs
1 TBS. Caraway Seeds
4 Cups of Flour
1/2 Cup of sugar
1 TBS. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 cup Raisins
optional: orange zest

1. Mix buttermilk, eggs, salt & soda and sugar
2. Add flour and mix well
3. Mix in raisins & Caraway seeds (& orange zest)
4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and bake in small loaf sizes on a baking sheet (we used a cookie sheet) for 20-40 minutes depending on the size of the loaf. You will know its ready when it sounds hollow inside. 

Here are some of our tips and ideas on baking bread with kids: 

- Teach kitchen hygiene by washing little hands explaining that we are washing away germs

- Let them crack the eggs keeping a watchful eye to keep the shells from falling into the mixture 

- Allow them to add  in already measured ingredients

- let them mix with spoons or forks, point out how the mixture is changing 

- Let them knead the bread, kids love experimenting with textures, let thrm squeeze and turn, pound, & mould bread dough, its like play dough only better! I let Cas taste it sometimes, he likes to dip his fingers in the different ingredients too experiencing the difference within salt and sugar grains, the softness  of dry flour, and the feel of different seeds and in this case the raisins. He tried tasting the caraway seeds and ran away to spit them out, once baked in the bread though he didn't mind them at all. 



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