Food Thursday: A St Patrick’s Day feast

Happy St Patrick’s Day! A lovely excuse to wear one of my favorite colors, drink some good beer and eat some hearty Irish food. I just wish I would think of making some of this food at other times of the year because it’s good – so don’t feel like you have to wait for a leprechaun to visit for these recipes. Just make them because they taste good!

Today’s recipes are a perfect example. They are breads that go along with any hearty stew. They would make a great game day snack with various spreads (or even plain). And they each come together easily and fairly quickly. It’s a double recipe day!

Beer Bread
3 cups all purpose flour
3 TB sugar
1 TB baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 bottle beer
1 stick of melted butter

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. In a large bowl stir together all ingredients except the butter. Once that’s mixed well, add half the butter and stir again.
3. Pour enough of the butter that’s left to coat the bottom of your loaf pan. Add the batter and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter. Bake for 1 hour.

OR

Brown Soda Bread
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup bread flour
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups buttermilk (see cook’s note)

1. Preheat oven to 425
2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them.
3. In a large bowl stir together everything but the buttermilk. Once that is well combined, gently stir in the buttermilk until a soft dough is formed. Knead this very lightly in the bowl for a few minutes – just to help it come together. Divide into four pieces.
4. Form each piece into a round, flat loaf. Mark each with an X and place on baking sheets. Bake until golden brown – 30-40 minutes.

Cook’s note: Don’t have buttermilk? I bake a lot so I have buttermilk powder that I keep in the fridge for just this purpose. However, here is an easy substitute for buttermilk: place one tablespoon of white vinegar in a measuring cup, fill with milk to the one cup line. Stir and voila! Buttermilk substitute.

Want some other St Patty’s day treats?

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