St. Patrick’s Day Food: Irish Soda Bread and Shamrock Pretzels

We continue our St. Patrick’s Week today with some traditional Irish Soda Bread and kid-friendly Shamrock Pretzels. Yesterday I shared some recipes for Appetizers and Main Dishes.

Do you cook a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner?

These Shamrock Pretzels are easy and fun to make, starting with dough in the bread machine makes them even easier. I started with a pretzel recipe that I found over at Frugal Upstate, shaped them into Shamrocks and added a little cinnamon, sugar and green sugar.

Shamrock Pretzels

Shamrock Pretzels

Kid-friendly Shamrock Pretzel recipe from


  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, seperated
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixture to sprinkle on top
  • Green Sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Separate egg and place all ingredients except egg white in bread machine, and set to dough cycle {my machine takes 1 hr and 20 min}.
  2. %
  3. Turn dough out on a well floured surface.
  4. Knead dough until not sticky.
  5. Divide dough {I used a knife and cut each piece in half until I had 16 pieces per half}.
  6. Roll 4 pieces for each Shamrock.
  7. Form Shamrocks on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-cooking spray.
  8. Beat egg white, brush onto Shamrock, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture and green sugar.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.

Even though Irish Soda Bread was not invented by the Irish, it is a very common bread served on St. Patrick’s Day. While most breads have yeast to make them light, Irish Soda Bread does not contain yeast, so it is a heavy, dense bread. And although I’m not a huge bread fan, I do like this bread. The dried cranberries and orange zest adds a lot of flavor to it.

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