Monday, March 14, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Offers the "Luck o' the Irish" with an Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish lore has it that the Irish are lucky...not just a little, not just now and then, but pretty lucky all the time. (How lucky is that!) But even if you haven't any known relatives on some branch of your family tree, you can still enjoy aspects of St Patrick's Day because, here in NC at this Asheville bed and breakfast and all around the world, "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!"

Don't worry, no one will ask you to rid any location of its snakes (as St. Patrick had done). And you won't have to bend over a high castle wall, backwards (!) to kiss the "Blarney Stone'", either. We'd support a much closer-to-home, much safer, much more amusing means to celebrate.You can just join into the festivities to whatever degree you like...( Hey, this 'being Irish' on St. Patrick's Day is sounding pretty good, yes?)

One traditional thing you might try is Irish Soda Bread. It's a very easy and very yummy way to practice "being Irish". Naturally there are a great many versions of this simple, round bread. If you don't know any friends who make it ( the ultimate 'easy' way is to try some that some one else made!), then here's a very easy recipe so you can rehearse "your Irish"!

Irish Soda Bread

2 cups flour, unsifted

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon dried caraway seed (optional)

1/4 cup chopped raisins( optional)

Combine all dry ingredients, then:

Stir in 1 cup "Soured" milk (a few drops vinegar in whole milk) or Buttermilk.

Mix quickly to form sticky dough. Dust work surface with flour and turn dough onto work surface. Form into 8-9 inch round, flattened slightly. Turn dough so some flour lightly coats the entire loaf. Using a dull knife dipped in flour to press into the dough, make 2 impressions on the dough to form a cross.

Place dough on buttered baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until light-to-medium brown. Remove from oven and brush the "cross' area with 3 Tablespoons melted butter. Let cool on a cooling rack until sufficiently cool to eat!

Yes, we believe Irish Soda Bread is wonderful way to rehearse "your Irish" on this St Patrick's Day or any day when you have a yearning for a quick, easy homemade treat! From our Asheville Bed and Breakfast right here in North Carolina, we're wishing you to the"Luck of the Irish", all year long!













Irish Soda Bread

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