Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy 278th Saint Patrick's Day America! Try My Irish Soda Bread Easy 1-2-3 Recipe

"A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have!"           ~~ Anonymous Irish Quote

(pronounced: slawncha, like "lawn-chair" but with an "s" in front of it, is how one would say Cheers in Irish Gaelic)
My favorite Irish soda bread recipe, towards the end of this article. I post it every year. Enjoy!

Happy Saint 278th Pat's Day!
Happy 278th St. Patrick's Day America! The first recorded parade anywhere in America was in Boston in 1737. In Ireland, the Irish have been celebrating the feast of St. Patrick since the ninth century.

This year it's Monday, March 17th! With many being bit by the leprechaun earlier in time for the many parades through the country beginning today. The oldest and largest of the St. Paddy’s Day parades in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to 1762 -- New York City's St. Paddy's Day Parade -- steps off Fifth Avenue in New York City Saturday, March 16th fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence (NYC's oldest cultural and religious parade, 252 years ago but 253 St. Patrick's Day PARADE EVENTS AGO).

According to a article, New York and Boston mayors plan to boycott St Patrick's Day parades in 2014 due to ban on gay marchers by the organizers. St. Patrick's Day is known traditionally as a religious holiday honoring the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick as well as a celebration of the Irish culture.

Interestingly, the original color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. The color green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day began in the early 17th century with the use of green ribbons and shamrocks to celebrate St Patrick's Day. It is known that Saint Patrick used the symbolic shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.

Although not a legal holiday in America, Saint Patrick's Day, is celebrated throughout the country. It is observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the 1763.

One of the longest-running and largest Saint Patrick's Day parades in North America that occurs each year is in Montreal. The Canadian city flag includes a shamrock in its lower-right quadrant. The annual celebration has been organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929. The parade has been held annually without interruption since 1824.

However, St. Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France.

Like many households on Saint Patrick's Day, in the center of our breakfast table you will find tasty, Irish, soda bread to celebrate the luck and charm of the Irish. I baked this easy Irish soda bread earlier today and just had to share my easy recipe by posting on my blogs. The great thing about this is the prep time was slightly less than 5 minutes and it baked in an hour.
► Flour 3 1/2 cups
► Sugar 3/4 to 1 cup (or try sugarfree alternatives; e.g., splenda or equal)
► Baking powder 1 tablespoon
► Eggs 2 medium size
► Milk 1 cup
► Melted butter - 1 stick
► Raisins 1 cup
► Caraway seeds 2 tablespoons
► Be imaginative. I used Flax Seeds

Step 1 : Soda Bread Dough (3 min)
► Prepare oven at 375°; In large bowl combine dry ingredients
► Flour
► Sugar
► Baking Powder
► Optional ingredients - I added 1/2 teaspoon Flax seeds
► Add remaining ingredients - Milk, Eggs, Melted Butter

Step 2 : Knead Dough (2 min)
► Knead dough and divide the dough into 2 round loaves
► Sprinkle flour if dough is too moist and sticky
► Using a cake knife, mark the top of each dough loaf with an X

Step 3 : Place loaves in 375° oven (60 min)
► Wait at least 10 minutes before slicing

Total time - 1 Hour and 5 Minutes

“Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.”
--Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Irish author and satirist.

Additional resources:
Colorful History of St. Patrick's Day Parade, Roots of the parade in Colonial America
The New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
New York City Saint Patrick's Day 2014 Parade"
♦ Saint Patricks Day 2014
Find your nearest Saint Patrick's Day parade: Where and when
New York and Boston mayors plan to boycott St Patrick’s Day parades over ban on gay marchers
New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saint Patrick's Day Parade New Orleans

All photos courtesy of Wikimedia unless otherwise mentioned. Photos of soda bread in recipe section, courtesy Gloria Buono-Daly.

Please visit this blog frequently and share with your social media and other networks.
Follow me @gbdaly

Thanks for visiting.

Gloria Buono-Daly

No comments:

Post a Comment