I woke up yesterday morning to the sound of rain pelting on the roof and a chilly breeze coming through an open window. It felt like a cozy kind of day so I dug out one of my quilts to throw over the couch in my guest room/office and made plans to curl up with a good book later in the day.
My next thought was soup! I hadn’t made a pot of soup in months and this seemed like the perfect day. Vegetable beef soup has always been one of my favorites and it’s so simple to make. I put some chopped meat in a pot with beef stock (you can substitute broth or bouillon and water) and began chopping my soup starters – onions, celery and carrots.
You can then add any veggies you like/have on hand. I found half a yellow squash, a single ear of corn, potatoes and some broccoli. I just added these to the pot along with 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste, a dash of garlic powder and some tomato sauce. Done! I let this simmer until the vegetables are tender.
At this point, I was thinking how well my mother’s old fashioned Irish soda bread would go with the soup. Out came the mixing bowls, recipe and ingredients and in about 10 minutes I had a loaf in the oven
But, we still enjoyed our delicious vegetable beef soup topped with slivers of asiago cheese and a little drizzle of olive oil and the delicious, crusty, dense Irish soda bread slathered with butter. Oh, yes, this bread must be slathered with butter. It’s the rule! It must not be broken!
It was great for lunch too!
MOM’S IRISH SODA BREAD
Grease a 4 x 10 bread pan and preheat oven to 375
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 stick butter
1 1/3 cup milk
1 cup raisons
3 tbs caraway seeds (optional)
Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Cut softened butter into mixture using your fingertips. Add raisons and caraway seeds.
In a separate bowl, mix egg and baking soda into milk. Add to flour mixture and knead together with fingertips. You may need a bit more flour to take out the stickiness.
Bake 55 minutes, until a golden brown. If needed, bake an additional 5 minutes.
I hope you enjoy this as much as do. Have a wonderful day!