Breads and sweets with an Irish twist for St. Patrick’s Day (and any day)
Any excuse to celebrate in the month of March is a great thing. With winter often on the fence, the crazy mix of weather we get this time of year is enough to make anyone a little weary. Just last week we were certain that the daffodils would soon be up and this week we’re back to snow and freezing rain.
St. Patrick’s Day is strategically placed to keep us all from complaining too much. (Although my mom, herself of hearty Irish stock, might argue that complaining is a bit of an Irish trait). In any case, an excuse to celebrate is a good thing and what better way to celebrate than with food.
5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:
Basic soda breads are always a treat. In fact, I don’t know why I don’t bake these simple, lovely loaves year round. Although not true Irish soda breads, our soda bread recipes take their cue from the classic recipes in that they’re made with just a few ingredients and are mildly sweet.
A lovely boule-style bread.
A very hearty soda bread, barely sweet, just right served with stew or a ploughman’s lunch.
A loaf-style soda bread that’s a little chewy and very flavourful, like oatmeal brown bread.
Sweet, moist and not over the top.
A flavourful gingerbread with a lovely dense crumb. No frosting necessary, a light dusting of icing sugar is all it needs.