Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

I hope the luck of the Irish is with you today!
May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

Soda Bread (irish Whisky Soda Bread)

4 c Flour, all purpose
1 ts Baking Soda
1 c Raisins or currants (option)
1 1/2 c Buttermilk
1/2 c Honey, liquid
1 ts Salt 1/4 c Butter, chilled
1/4 c Irish Whisky or buttermilk
2 ts Irish Whisky
2 ts Milk


BREAD: In large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins or currants (if using). In separate bowl, combine buttermilk, honey and whisky. Add all at once to dry ingredients; stir just until no dry spots remain. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 1 minute (too much handling will toughen loaves, while too little will inhibit rising.) Divide dough in half and shape each half into an 8 inch (20 cm) round. Place in two greased 8 inch (1.2 L) round cake pans. With floured knife, cut a cross 1/2 in deep in each loaf.

GLAZE: In small bowl, combine whisky and milk. Brush loaves with glaze. Bake in 350 degrees F (180C) oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on bottoms. Remove from pans; let cool on wire racks. Cut into wedges.

Best served warm with lots of butter. For softer, plumper raisins soaked them in additional Irish whiskey for about 15 minutes then drain and pat them dry prior to adding to the dough.

You don't have to be Irish to partake in a little wearing o' the green or a tasty Irish beverage.
Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 pint whipping cream
3 eggs
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tsp. instant espresso
10 oz. Irish whiskey (suggested Jameson)
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in blender and refrigerate.
  2. Shake before using
  3. Serve straight up or shake up in your favorite cocktail. Your liqueur will keep for about a month in the fridge.

Traditional Irish Coffee

1 cup hot coffee
1 ounces Irish Whiskey
3 sugar cubes
whipped cream for garnish

Instructions: In order to make this recipe properly the whiskey has to be heated to a high temperature. Pour the coffee in a cup with the desired number of sugar cubes. Then use a spoon turned upside down and pour the HOT whiskey over it so it flows down gently. Top it all with the whipped cream.

When served, true Irish coffee always has three distinct layers. When served, you first use a straw and sip (a very small amount as it is HOT) a little of the whiskey. Then stir all the ingredients together.

St. Paddy Appletini
1 part(s) Absolut Pears Vodka
1 part(s) DeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps
1 splash(es) Sweet and Sour Mix

Instructions: Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Jameson and Ginger

1 1/2 part(s) Jameson's Irish Whiskey
1 squirt(s) Lime Juice
Ginger Ale

Instructions: Pour Jameson into an ice filled highball glass. Fill with ginger ale and garnish with a squeeze of lime.


Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Love the horses! They are darling!!

allhorsestuff said...

Very festive tara!
Love the picture of your partyn' horse!

Mountain Woman said...

Oh, I loved the photos and the recipes were fantastic! I hope you enjoyed your St. Patty's Day.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I'm a wee bit late on my St. Patty's Day well wishes. Thanks for the great recipes!

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