St. Patrick’s Day Easy Menu

Do you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day?  I think it’s a fun holiday.  I’ve always known that there was some Irish blood in my veins, so that makes it even better.  What about you?  Have you checked your ancestry?

We don’t party, but we always had a St. Patrick’s Day family menu tradition.  The menu that we made was very simple, and what we considered “Irish”.  We would have decorated cookies, too.  When the children were younger they wanted the green colored frosting, but now they’re grown.  I don’t mess with food-coloring anymore.  Our menu consists of Irish Soda bread and Potato Soup.  See, I told you that it was simple.

You can find my potato soup recipe HERE.  This soup is so easy!

The Irish Soda Bread recipe is also easy.  Here ‘ya go:
2 1/4 Cups Organic flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup raisins (optional)
2 teaspoons caraway seed (optional)
1 Cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
Pre-heat oven to 375.  Recipe says grease 8″round cake pan. ( I use baking stone).  In large bowl,  combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; blend well.  Using pastry blender, cut in 1/4 Cup butter until it looks like crumbs.  If using, stir in raisins and caraway seed.  Add buttermilk and blend well.  On a floured surface, knead until not sticky. (Press dough in greased pan).  With knife, cut an X 1/4 inch deep on top of the loaf.  Brush with melted butter.
Bake at 375 for 25-35 min.  Cool on wire rack.
from Pillsbury

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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