Come St. Patrick’s Day and it’s time to celebrate Irish culture with all the warmth of corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage. Not to mention the absolutely delectable Irish soda bread to end the gluttony with. While many bakeries offer their own soda bread, only a few stand out. Thankfully, this internet user accidentally came across a recipe of her own that is ready for the oven in just 10 minutes. Apart from getting ready in a wink, the result is another reason for joy. The bread comes out perfectly cooked with a crisp brown crust and a melt-in-your-mouth inside. Here’s the recipe so that you can try it for yourself. Trust us, share this bread with your loved ones and you will become a star!
– All-Purpose Flour: 3 to 3 ½ cups
– Baking Soda: 1 teaspoon
– Salt: 2 teaspoons
– Buttermilk: 1 ½ cups (shake before use)
– Raisins: 1 cup (optional)
1. Prepare the oven by preheating it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Take a large bowl, put in the salt, 2 ½ cups flour, and baking soda, and whisk them well. Then, add raisins along with the buttermilk. Mix them well together.
3. Lightly sprinkle flour on your work surface and transfer the above mixture onto it. Work on the dough till it becomes smooth. If needed, add more flour so that the dough isn’t sticky. Make sure it has a good consistency.
4. Now that your dough is ready, sprinkle it with flour. Lay out an ungreased baking sheet as the base. Put the dough on the sheet and make it into a loaf.
5. Now, using a sharp knife, make one-inch deep cuts across the top of the loaf. Your bread is ready to bake.
6. Next, take your loaf and put it in the oven, and bake for 35 minutes or till it turns golden brown. Your bread is now ready!
When taken out of the oven, put a knife into the bread. If it comes out clean, it is perfectly cooked. One of these tips by the user is to keep a close eye on the temperature with an oven thermometer if your old oven doesn’t properly show the heat. Further, she added a ¼ cup of flour and gently kneaded it on the wooden board to make it soft and full of moisture. She recommends adding a bit more flour to make it less doughy. For the best experience, slather on some room-temperature butter for delicious creaminess. You can also opt for some jam or marmalade, or serve it as a side with some stew!
Therapists Share Advice on How to Properly Handle Parental Guilt
Parenthood isn’t easy and it’s become an even more complex and involved practice than it ever was in the past. With greater expectations and the desire to keep children not only fed, clothed, and educated but also raised with a focus on emotional and mental health, parents can easily begin feeling guilt when their idea of what type of parent they want to be doesn’t fully match the reality. Navit Schechter, a qualified therapist, shared a few tips on dealing with such feelings:
Guilt Over Things a Parent Can’t Control
Many parents will blame themselves for various things that they can’t control such as their child experiencing bullying, health problems, or having a falling out with their friends. Thinking “this was my fault” isn’t productive. Instead, parents should focus on helping their children cope with the situation and their feelings. This will help the child learn how to deal with adversity.
Everyone wants to be a super-parent that’s never too tired to play with their kids, never too busy to spend time with them, and always able to provide them with everything they need. Holding oneself to unrealistic standards that are impossible to maintain will certainly lead to feelings of guilt. It’s right to want what’s best for one’s children but it’s also necessary to be flexible with the expectations we put on ourselves.
Focusing on Shortcomings
Parents often fall into the trap of judging themselves in all or nothing terms. They begin fixating on the mistakes they’ve made or the limitations they have rather than looking at everything they’ve done right so far. The key is to achieve balance by keeping in mind what our limitations are and considering our strengths and what we’re doing well at the same time.
Neglecting Personal Needs
In the desire to always put the child’s needs first, parents begin to neglect their own wellbeing and lose the pursuit of having a personally rich and fulfilling life. Having to return to work or take some personal time to recharge often leads to feelings of guilt. Taking the time to do what makes you happy will give you the energy to be a better parent. Self-care is a crucial part of proper parenting.
Measuring Success by Other Parents’ Experience
When feeling overwhelmed and insecure about one’s parenting abilities, many begin looking at what other parents are doing and how they’re coping. However, it’s important to note that many difficulties of parenthood aren’t always openly talked about. Connect with parents that can be open about their parenting experiences and continue building a connection with your child.