Friday, March 11, 2016

Irish Rosie's Irish Soda Bread...I Have a Kiss For U


Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover? Because you wouldn't want to press your luck!! 

I'm not even a wee bit Irish, but Joe is 1/4, so we are happy to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by bringing out the green.  We were in Lake Placid and I couldn't resist taking pictures of the Irish "Annalee" dolls, dogs and mice.

I happened upon a recipe for Irish Rosie's Irish soda bread and gave it a try since I wanted a "lighter" bread. This is a good one (made with sour  cream).  I like soda bread right out of the oven and slathered with Kerrygold butter. 
    • 3 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 pint sour cream
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds ( optional but I always use them)
    • 3/4 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl beat eggs and stir in sour cream.
  3. Add the egg and sour cream mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon.
  4. Batter will be very thick.
  5. Add the raisins and caraway seeds and stir well with wooden spoon or knead in with your hands.
  6. Place batter in a greased 9 inch springform pan.
  7. Dust the top with enough flour so that you can pat the batter like a bread dough evenly in the pan without it sticking to your hands.
  8. With a knife make a shallow crisscross on the top.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes in a preheated 350ºF oven.
Did you know that in Great Britain, the Queen Mother used to present bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army consisting primarily of soldiers from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland? The Irish Guards still wear a shamrock on this day, flown in from Ireland.

Close to my home, in the city of Syracuse, NY, Saint Patrick's celebrations are traditionally begun with the delivery of green beer to Coleman's Irish Pub on the first Sunday of March. Coleman's is located in the Tipperary Hill section of the city. Tipperary Hill is home to the World famous "Green-on-Top" Traffic Light and is historically the Irish section in Syracuse. Saint Patrick's Day is rung in at midnight with the painting of a Shamrock under the Green-Over-Red traffic light.

I gathered the few green items I have in my home and set up a seasonal table in the sunroom. 
These Hershey Kiss Shamrocks may just be one of the easiest crafts you'll ever do! I used a bag of Easter kisses which consisted of green, pink and blue. The candy is hot glued together and the stems are yarn (I used a green cord handle from a gift bag I had). Each bag of Easter kisses has enough to make six shamrocks.
I found the idea on Lynn's blog and she shares easy crafts for every holiday Happier Than A Pig In Mud.

Our St. Patrick's Day tradition is to make rye bread from the Artisan Bread in 5  cookbook, and invite friends over for Reubens. Even though we aren't Irish, it's all about the memories!
With this post, I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for her 8th annual Blog Crawl and Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
♣♣♣•.*.*.*.Debbie*.*.*.•♣♣♣

36 comments:

  1. What a cute post, my friend! Your seasonal table in the sunroom adds such a St. Paddy's Day cheer. Thanks for telling us about Tipperary Hill and Coleman's and the traditions from there. Your Reuben sandwiches sound like a perfect tradition from your home. I like the little pots of gold found on each place setting for a sweet ending to your meal!

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    1. Thank you Kitty! I was so excited to see you received the Traveling Topper for the St. Paddy's blog crawl!

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  2. I am a bit Irish and so is my husband so we love anything "green" to celebrate. You have such a great post with a nod to St. Patrick. I love your shamrocks and the table is gorgeous.
    Happy weekend…..

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    1. Thank you Emily! It is always fun to gather up the green each year.

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  3. You have a MCK C table?:)So YOU indeed..

    I am part Irish too LOL..
    Pretty tablesetting and kisses:)

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    1. Thank you Monique! Yes, a little table for two in our sun room where the sun is always shining :-)

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  4. You know how much I ♥ this post...so much green...and my favorite cabbage dishes! Those are the cutest candy kiss shamrocks.
    Have a great weekend, Debbie.

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    1. Thank you Marigene! I can't wait to see your beautiful table! When I see GREEN, I think of you.

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  5. This soda bread sounds good and different with the sour cream Debbie! Thanks for the shout out, Happy St. Patty's Week:@)

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    1. You are welcome Lynn! The craft project was a big hit.

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  6. Debbie, the Annalee dolls are adorable. I especially like that long eared puppy. '-)
    Pretty table dressed in green and complete with a pot of gold for each. You have it covered for a great St. Patrick's Day. I want to join the blog crawl, but I need to get busy and get a plan. I'm drifting behind this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I look forward to your St. Patrick's Day post with the beautiful pieces you have.

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  7. Such fun post and gorgeous St. Pat's table with all the pretty green cabbage dishes. I haven't a bit of Irish anywhere, but being a NYorker we always celebrated and went to the parades etc. I also grew up in an Irish-Italian neighborhood, so between St. Genaro and St. Pat's I had lots of fun and even went to Mass with my friends, lol..
    Enjoy your weekend.
    FABBY

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    1. Thank you Fabby! We non-Irish gals can still celebrate with the rest of them!

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  8. Oh... and I made an Irish Soda Bread for the first time and it came out yummy! Thanks for your recipe.

    Fabby

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  9. Cute post! I am not sure if we will make it to Coleman's this year :-( But we certainly celebrated a lot this past weekend!

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    1. Coleman's is the place to be! I don't think I can get the day off :-( LOL

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  10. Debbie, I'm back for another look. Love the CC mixed with the green. I need to remember to do something with that combo.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! The CC mixed with green is one of my favorite combos. Happy St. Paddy's Day ♣

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  11. Now I would really enjoy a tradition of having a Reuben to celebrate this fun day! We won't have enough leftovers of our corned beef this year! Your table setting is fun!
    http://happywonderer.com/2016/03/16/st-patricks-day-table/

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    1. Thank you Ellen! I hope you have a fun getaway.

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  12. Great display table in your sunroom and love what you did for a tablescape to share your rye bread/reubens - perfect! I've never made Irish soda bread but your recipe seems easy enough so maybe I should try it! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Thank you Lori! I am hard to please when it comes to Irish soda bread, but this one I did enjoy.

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  13. Love those Hershey's shamrocks!!! So cute. Plus the rest of your post :-) I always enjoy seeing how you celebrate each holiday. Soda bread looks good!

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    1. Thank you Suzy! I finally found a soda bread that I like :-)

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  14. Gorgeous table with beautiful dishes. Loving your centerpiece. Happy St. Patrick's Day

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    1. Thank you Valerie! Happy St. Paddy's Day ♣

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  15. Hi Debbie! Those little shamrock hershey kisses are so cute! I also found it very interesting to read what you said about the queen. Thats so nice! Both of your settings are so pretty. I love your pretty McKenzie childs sunroom table as well!

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  16. What a fun tradition to make rye bread and have friends over for reubens! Sounds like there is a lot of Irish mischief in your area, Debbie! I love the delivery of the green beer story and the light on Tipperary Hill! A Shamrock kiss is the perfect way to celebrate and I know you'll have fun sitting at your beautiful St. Pat's Day table!
    Jenna

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  17. How cute! Love the Hershey's kisses shamrocks! I didn't know about the Queen Mother and the shamrocks she presented to the member of the Irish Guard. I love a good reuben- I think that will be on my lunch plate today! Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  18. MC looks so pretty with everything but I think it looks especially nice paired with green, Debbie! Those Reuben sandwiches you do with the homemade rye bread sound wonderful and what a great tradition. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  19. Debbie, We could have celebrated with our traveling totes with their green handles and accents! I didn't think of it until I saw your pretty MC table with all the green on it! The soda bread sounds great~~sour cream is always good in a bread and the caraway seeds are interesting. Have a good weekend. Hope you aren't getting this spring snow! Linda

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  20. Great post, Debbie, love the table the shamrock kisses. I throw sour cream in my bread too, if I have one open. All the recipes are basically the same, I like to add OJ to mine to add a bright flavor. Always caraway seeds though, too blah without it. Of course, traditional soda bread has neither raisins or seeds, and a tiny amount of sugar. They couldn't afford those ingredients. Now, I must try that rye bread recipe, any tips? Thanks so much for joining in the SPD blog crawl this year. Happy St. Joseph's Day to Joe. Make those pastries for him. I love Zeppole, but we still have a lot of soda bread, and now I have to start on the Easter goodies!
    Have a great weekend!

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  21. Love your table Debbie...pretty dish layers! Thanks for your sweet visit!

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  22. Debbie, you have outdone yourself. The table is lovely with the cabbage dishes and accessories. The shamrock kisses are darling and clever. Always something to learn. Thanks for sharing about the queen and definitely the bread. Happy Sunday. I would love if you share this post at our link party today at 4:00 EST. xo

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    1. Thank you Linda! I hope to join you for your party soon!

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