Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

5 St. Patrick's Day recipes: Irish soad breads, Baily's Irish Cream cupcakes and hearty Guinness Stout gingerbread.

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.

Sweet Currant Soda Bread:

A lovely boule-style bread.

Irish soda bread

Guinness Soda Bread:

A very hearty soda bread, barely sweet, just right served with stew or a ploughman’s lunch.

Hearty Guinness soda bread

 

Brown Soda Bread:

A loaf-style soda bread that’s a little chewy and very flavourful, like oatmeal brown bread.

Brown soda bread is a moist oatmeal quick bread sweetened with molasses. This is a very close cousin of a classic Irish soda bread.

Guinness Gingerbread Cupcakes with Baily’s Irish Cream Glaze:

Sweet, moist and not over the top.

 

Guinness gingerbread cupcakes with Baily's Irish Cream Glaze

Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake:

A flavourful gingerbread with a lovely dense crumb. No frosting necessary, a light dusting of icing sugar is all it needs.

Guinness chocolate gingerbread cake: A flavourful gingerbread with a lovely dense crumb. No frosting necessary, a light dusting of icing sugar is all it needs.

Baking with Guinness – Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day Treats

baking with Guinness beer

Any excuse to celebrate in March is a good thing.

Whether you have Irish roots or not, I see no need to pass up an opportunity to have a party in this slushy month.

Especially this year.  We have endured more than eleven feet of snow this winter in Southern New Brunswick and no February melt to take the snow banks down a notch. A “St. Patrick’s Day” snow storm is forecast for Sunday.

Snowman

Time to say “uncle”, buy a couple of pints of Guinness and get baking.

St. Patrick’s Day was always a celebration in our house. We didn’t have big parties but we had Irish food and mom would pin a little boutonniere of Shamrocks to my sweater before I left for school.

Baking with Guinness – St. Patrick’s Day Treats:

Guinness and molasses is a lovely taste pairing. It helps that Guinness on its own has a rich molasses notes so it adds extra flavour to baked goods. And adding Guinness to baked goods has a way of turning them into special-occasion food with no extra effort.

Take your pick among these three recipes that pair Guinness with molasses for delicious results:

Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake

chocolate stout gingerbread cake

Guinness Soda Bread

Guinness stout soda bread

Guinness Gingerbread Cupcakes with Baily’s Irish Cream Glaze:

Guinness gingerbread cupcakes with Baily's glaze

 

 

Hearty Guinness Soda Bread with molasses

 

Hearty Guinness soda bread with molasses

What’s not to love about soda bread? Rustic, hearty and nourishing, soda bread suits the tail end of winter with its slushy days and damp chill.

Served alongside Irish Stew or generously slathered with butter and jam this simple loaf will stick with you, especially when made with wholesome flour.

This version from the blog Honest Cooking is made with stout beer for extra substance and flavour.  It also calls for spelt flour although whole wheat flour would work too, or all-purpose flour.

St. Patrick’s Day in my neck of the woods is destined to be very white this year, which is all the more reason to plan a warming meal for my family’s celebration and this Guinness soda bread will be at the centre of the table.  We’ll top the meal off with Guinness Gingerbread Cake, which is a great way to use up the rest of that can of Guinness you opened for the bread.

Hearty Guinness Soda Bread with molasses

Hearty Guinness Soda Bread with molasses

Ingredients

  • 4 cups + 3 Tbsp. spelt flour (or whole wheat or all-purpose)
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¾ cup + 1 Tbsp. stout beer
  • ¾ cup + 1 Tbsp. plain yogurt or buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
  3. Stir in yogurt (or buttermilk), molasses and stout, mixing until just combined.
  4. Working quickly, scrape dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball, dusting with flour if dough is too sticky.
  5. Place on the prepared baking sheet, dust it with flour or rolled oats and cut a cross in the top of the dough.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  7. Cool on a wire rack (but eat while still warm)

Tip: For a tender crumb place a small pan of water in the oven along with the bread.

 

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