By now, you may have already stocked up on a case or two of Guinness in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. But when it comes to celebratory eats, the main course is generally dominated with Irish-ish corned beef and cabbage (historically more American than Irish).
What is left for the non-meat eaters? Irish soda bread. It’s authentic, simple, kind of sweet, and heavenly when buttered up and toasted. If you’re feeling lucky, make your own with this recipe from the Culinary Institute of America, or read on to find out where to purchase some in the Valley.
While Meredith’s does offer regular soda bread, gluten-free folk don’t have to feel like they always get the end piece of the loaf. Its gluten-free Irish bread is made traditional style in a dedicated GF facility and, with buttermilk, eggs, raisins, and caraway seeds in the recipe, you don’t have to sacrifice that incredible, classic taste. Did we mention it’s nut-free too?
Step into this quaint blue and yellow trimmed brick bakery and pick up a fresh, from-scratch currant soda bread — sold exclusively at this time of year. Per the suggestion of bakery owner Essell Hoenshell-Watson, enjoy a week-old slice toasted, topped with fig or raspberry preserves, and served aside some Irish cheddar and a strong cup of Irish breakfast tea.
407 Main St., Rosendale
Come for the classic Irish soda bread, and stay for the bakery restaurant’s corned beef specials, shamrock cookie pops, and silky Irish coffee. Hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party? Take home a leprechaun-decked treat for the kids, and you’ll feel lucky in no time.
111 North Front St., Kingston; 845.338.7505
584 Broadway, Kingston; 845.338.1580