Stepping out – taking a break – and a recipe for Irish Soda Bread!

The weather has been warm and I have covered most of the territory in Kingston core that is surrounding where I live so to complete my personal challenge of walking all the streets in the core, I will have to go a bit farther afield. When the cooler fall weather hits, I will try to do that.

Today, rather than walk this morning, I elected to make some Irish Soda Bread in my cast iron skillet. I took it out to my balcony in the September sunshine and enjoyed it with coffee and some fresh peaches and blueberries. A couple of friends have asked for the recipe so here it is:

Irish Soda Bread in the Cast Iron Skillet


3 cups flour

1 1/2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

3 Tbsp cold Butter, cut in little chunks

1/2 cup raisins

Some candied orange peel cut in small pieces

1 egg

1 1/2 cups Buttermilk ( I substitute 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar made up to 1 1/2 cups with milk)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F with the cast iron skillet (about 9-10 inch diameter) in the oven to get hot as well.

Sift the dry ingredients together. Add butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter or crumble it in with your fingers until the mixture is coarse and even.

Mix in the raisins and orange peel.

Make a dip in the middle of the dry mix and beat the egg and add the milk to it. Mix it all together. (I use a wooden spoon and I only mix it enough to be sure that the dry ingredients have been incorporated.)

Remove the skillet from the oven (IT IS HOT. BE CAREFUL.) and put a bit (1/2 Tbsp?) of olive oil into it and coat the bottom and sides of the skillet. I have a little silicone brush that I use to brush it around.

Pour the batter into the skillet and even it out. Bake for about 40 minutes or until done.

I sometimes drizzle a bit of icing on it – made by combining some icing sugar with a few drops of milk to make it runny enough to drizzle onto the bread. If you add too much milk it is way too runny.

Serve warm with butter, jam or honey. Freezes well, too. Enjoy

And just for a bit more summery cheer before autumn closes in, here are a couple of photos of flowers I have taken in the past couple of weeks while walking around the hood.

3 thoughts on “Stepping out – taking a break – and a recipe for Irish Soda Bread!

  1. The soda bread is in the oven as I write…I had run out of raisins and any other fruit!! so I put a wee touch of cinnamon and nutmeg for a subtle flavour and aroma.

    Film at 12:30 pm EDT … LOL

    Re next Tuesday:


    Things to do like shows are limited now that the season is over and by the fact a lot go on after the ship leaves in the evening. Anne and Gilbert is playing . There is a matinee, but it likely isn’t your cup of tea and it may be sold out already! But I could check if you are interested.

    I was thinking walking in Victoria Park or on a beach if it is sunny … or the Art Gallery or Beaconsfield Historic House if it is not very nice out.

    There are also lots of historic sites near Ch-town…Orwell Pioneer Village etc.

    Maybe you’d just like to wander around downtown and see the sights…

    We can decide the day of!

    2. Is there any food or type cuisine you don’t like?

    I thought we might eat at one of two pizza places with real Italian type pizza, apparently. Or we could go to an Indian place…or whatever you like…

    Here are the two pizza possibilities:



    “When Jesus prayed, he was conscious that, in his prayer, he met the Presence, and this consciousness was far more important and significant than the answering of his prayer.” Howard Thurman Deep Is the Hunger


    • I think the soda bread would be a bit perkier with some additive like raisins ( I was also thinking blueberries or strawberries or almonds would work). Maybe just load it with butter and Jam to give it a bit more zing. It is an easy recipe for sure.

      Wandering and pizza is fine with me. When I get off the ship, walking around is preferable to sitting in a theatre. Going with the flow is my modus operandi. Once we find each other on shore, we can look at options that fit our mood and the weather.

      Sea you next week…assuming I survive the remnants of Dorian in the North Atlantic. 🙂

  2. What time does your cruise ship dock in Charlottetown and where? Good to know in advance: We may have power outages as a result of Dorian so I may not be able to be on the computer on Sunday or Monday.

    Our phone number is 902-687-1958.

    Enjoy your cruise with Dorian – hope the seas are not rough by the time you have to be off-shore!!!!



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