Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread

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HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!

Confession : I’ve posted many st.patty’s day appropriate snacks on LTSL but, can anything compare to delicious bread fresh from the oven slathered with butta … not even butter or forget margarine … you want enough butter on this pot of gold, that you start calling it butta …

Unlike most celebrations, instead of celebrating with cake today … you need bread. Stick a candle in it, do a little jig, pour yourself a drink annnndddd celebrate!!  You also need this Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread because you’re responsible and when you OD on Guinness, green beer or (and) whisky tonight, you know you’re going to want to curl up with something delicious.. or you could just be like me and truly believe break fixes everything.

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Also this bread is actually easier than most.

No rise.

No yeast.

Big win.

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Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread

 Ingredients

3 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 cup pastry flour

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup cold margarine

2 cups cranberries

1 tablespoons fennel seeds

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tbsp + 2 ¼ tsp Cream of tartar

1 large egg

1 Tsp Orange extract

3 tbsp cornmeal

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 Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter heavy cast iron skillet and sprinkle with cornmeal.

In a medium dish, combine milk and cream of tartar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In large bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Add margarine; using fingertips to incorporate until the mixture is the consistency of corn meal. Stir in cranberries and fennel seeds.

Whisk together egg and orange extract. Gently fold into milk mixture.

add to dough. Stir just until well incorporated.

Transfer dough to prepared skillet; smooth top, mounting slightly in center. Using small sharp knife dipped into flour, cut 1-inch-deep “X” in top center of dough.

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Bake until bread is cooked through and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool bread in skillet 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

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Hope you have a lucky St. Patrick’s day my little leprechauns xo

Irish Car Bomb Popcorn

If being Irish and celebrating St. Patty’s day means 3 kinds of alcohol in one snack

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 Sign.me.uppppppppp.

Ladies and lepracauns (heh. See what I did there) I got a snaaaaayck for you.

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Popcorn … Popacorno popacorno, that’s popcorn in Italian (name that amazing t.v show) … hehe ohhh Schmidt, you lovely lovely schmidty-roo!!

You guys need this popcorn, it’s part of a healthy diet and shnidzz … it’s not, but popcorn is a whole grain, so do the dirty work and justify the healthification.

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Also, HAPPY ALMOST ST. PATTY’S DAY … are you doing anything special to celebrate? Making stew, eating green stuff, drinking green stuff, running away from any bar because it’s going to be crazier than the new box of marshmallow-only lucky charm cereal?!?

By eating this popcorn, you’re really just doing your part to help society get their irish on … also, it’s the weekend. And booze.

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 Some for the pot , some for me … some for the pot … rest for me.

 Irish Car Bomb Popcorn

1 bag microwave popcorn – popped

3 cups of granulated white sugar

1/4 cup Guinness beer

¼ cup Baily’s Liquor

¼ cup Whisky
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tsp rum extract
1 ½  tsp salt
1 ½  tsp baking soda

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  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl or foil roasting pan (this works great if you have one available).
  2. Line 1 large baking tray with foil
  3. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, Guinness, Bailey’s, Whisky, butter, Rum Extract, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously until sugar melts and caramel becomes a light brown.
  4. Add the baking soda and continue to stir keep stirring. NOTE: The mixture doubles up very quickly!!
  5. Remove from heat, pour over the popcorn.
  6. Spread the popcorn mixture out on foil lined sheet pans and allow to cool at least ten minutes before eating.

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