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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Sláinte! Happy St. Paddy's Day!!


'Tis St. Paddy's Day, today!


Saint Patrick is considered the patron Saint of Ireland, although he was actually born in Roman Britain, and first arrived in the Emerald Isles as a 16 year old slave. He managed to escape back to his family, after approximately 6 years in captivity, but eventually returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. A national holiday in Ireland, it is celebrated in many other countries with New York hosting the largest St. Paddy's Day Parade.

As a change of pace, I thought I would share a recipe for:


IRISH SODA BREAD
4 cups soft wheat or pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins, currants or sultanas (optional)
approx. 2 cups of buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 deg. F
Lightly grease and flour a cake pan.
Sift the dry ingredients together.
Make a well in the centre and add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough.
Knead lightly on a floured surface and flatten into a round. Place in a cake tin.
Cut a cross on top ( to let the devil out!) cover the pan with another pan and bake at 425deg. F for about 30 minutes. Remove the top cover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.

The bread is done when there is a hollow sound when the bottom of the bread is tapped.

Enjoy!
Soda Bread is the simplest, yummiest bread there is, as is Irish Brown Bread.

10 comments:

Rudy Wellsand said...

Boy! You DO have some strong ideas despite being a 'closet' Republican! Is THAT your Destiny? Nice site!

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY READ "CODES" RIGHT OUT OF YOUR OWN BIBLE, that "CONTROL" your Destiny?

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Save or Print it to study.

HAVE A MUCH MORE "BRIGHTER" FUTURE!

Blazing Cat Fur said...

Hi Incog! Happy St. Pats to you! and that is a great recipe! I will make this and let you know how it turns out! Thanks M8!

Blazing Cat Fur said...

PS - Passed on your Soda Bread Recipe to Terry in the comments on his blog- I added 1 cup Blood of Protestant (optional). - his suggestion.

Incognito said...

Hello again Rudy. I have a lovely bright future, thank you. It's just the rest of the world I worry about.

Incognito said...

Thanks BCF! Hope you enjoy the recipe. It's pretty standard and as authentic as you can get. Yes, do let me know how it turns out.

Hope Terry enjoys it too, sans the bop. ;-) Thank God we are past those days.

Blazing Cat Fur said...

We are?

Incognito said...

well, the Prot. vs Cath troubles in Ireland aren't as prevalent as they were in the past. There hasn't been any significant bloodshed in a while. Right?

Blazing Cat Fur said...

Damn nobody tells me nuttin;)

Dave Gorman said...

Incog...can we have a hint about your identity? Have I seen you in anything?

I'll try your soda bread recipe for a hint.

Incognito said...

Well, BCF, m'dear, as they say: Ignorance is bliss... ;-)

And as for my identity, Dave,:-)sorry to say, you would be sorely disappointed, as I am just a working schlub actress, not a star or celeb. I do mostly stage and if you blinked in any of the few movies I've been in you'd miss my big moment.