In the countryside, there are as many versions of soda bread as there are cooks. Andrew McCarthy goes in search of the ultimate recipe (see below). For Andrew's runner-up recipes, try Traditional Wholemeal Bread and Fallon & Byrne Soda Bread.
Chasing a memory is usually a losing battle. But i couldn't help it. I wasn't planning this cross-country odyssey for the perfect slice of brown soda bread; it just turned out that way. So here I am, in the west of Ireland, at a breakfast table in the small, family-run hotel I first came to more than 20 years ago. I'm looking out the window to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands beyond, but my mind is on more immediate concerns. I'm waiting for the waitress to return carrying that silver tray loaded with Mrs. O'Callaghan's brown soda bread.
Looking back, how I got here now seems inevitable.
I spend more than a little time in Dublin-my partner is Irish and we have kids, so we go back often. We have a house there. I love it, yet IRead More »from A Slice Of Ireland: An Authentic Soda Bread Recipe