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

Rice Krispy S’more Brownies

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I need these brownies today — this weekend, I had a bit of a crisis … I set out to do my usual kitchen shenanigans and right in the middle of swimming in delicious baking …I ran out of flour.

FLOUR.

How is that even possible?!!? In my kitchen, there are 5 things I never run out of :

  1. Butter
  2. Sugar
  3. Flour
  4. Eggs
  5. Wine

For the love of all that is delicious – WHO RUNS OUT OF FLOUR?!? So instead of being practical and going to buy some … I just drank wine.

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Hence the brownies. Sweet Week , Monday saving trashed up brownies.

But not just any everyday-joe-schmoe brownies … these brownies are straight up craaaaazzzyy. Nutso. Not just filled with fudgy-goodness – but stuffed with rice krispy squares and then toasted, gooey marshmallows. Welcome to the crazy-train.

Chooo-choooo!!

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Rice Krispy Smore Brownies

 Ingredients:

1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cups room temperature butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
½  cup  all-purpose flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

8 Ready made rice krispy squares cut into smaller squares ( you can rip them a part, they don’t have to per perfect!!)

2 cups large marshmallows

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, butter, and dark chocolate. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir. Continue to heat in increments , until the mixture is melted and smooth.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until light and thick.  Add the vanilla extract. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Add the flour, cocoa powder and sea salt, folding gently until combined.

Pour ½ the batter into the prepared baking pan. Layer with rice krispy square pieces. Layer with rest of batter.

Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven, top with marshmallows and broil until the mallows are toasted.

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Remove from oven and using 2 forks spread to cover entire brownie surface, broil for 3 more minutes.

Remove from oven. Allow to cool completely and slice.

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Have a snazzy-licious week xox