Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Guinness cake

Irish chef, restaurateur and food writer Clodagh McKenna shares her love of traditional soda bread, and St. Patrick's Day food traditions.

PHOTO: Tara Fisher/Kyle Books; Clodagh McKenna's "dark and majestic" Guinness Cake, from her latest book, Clodagh's Irish Kitchen.
 
Laura Brehaut, Postmedia News
Originally published on March 11, 2016; National Post
 
Put down the pint this St. Patrick’s Day, at least for a moment. The Feast of Saint Patrick is on March 17, offering the perfect opportunity to try your hand at cooking Irish food. Take Irish soda bread; the beloved quick bread is no-fuss and soul-satisfying. You’ll be tucking into its crunchy crust and tender interior in under an hour from start to finish. The use of baking soda as a leavener, rather than yeast, means no kneading – it all comes together in a single mixing bowl. And, as Clodagh McKenna writes in her latest cookbook, Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen (Kyle Books, 2015): “Soda bread to Ireland is what pasta is to Italy. It is as Irish as the flag itself!” What better way to honour the Emerald Isle than with a fresh-baked loaf.
 
 
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