Irish Soda Bread with Golden Raisins and Dates

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here!

To be fair, this means less to me than it does to my husband, a confirmed ‘person of slight Irish descent.’  In honor of his heritage (which in actuality is mostly Scandinavian), or perhaps more accurately in honor of his affinity for beer, he routinely goes all out on St. Patrick’s Day.  This means several things: 1) watching The Boondock Saints (which is harder to wrap my head around now that I can only see Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon of The Walking Dead), 2) green bagels, and 3) Jameson Irish Whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Guinness Irish Stout beer all in one glass.

A couple years ago, to celebrate, we enjoyed some green bagels. Last year, we made Irish coffees to start the day.  This year, I’m taking a tamer and more mature approach. I’m channeling Ina Garten and whipping up some Irish Soda Bread.

Sweet, buttery and flaky Irish soda bread is easy and delicious!

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