~~ 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)
Happy Saint Pat's Day!
This year it's Tuesday, 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 -- and this year marks NYCs 224th St. Patrick's Day Parade! NYC's 2015 Parade can be viewed on 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street. If you are not in NYC, you can watch the parade at this website beginning at 11:00am on March 17th.
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
► 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.
♦ Saint Patrick's Day parade schedules: Where and when, Washington Times
♦ New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
♦ Saint Patrick's Day Parade NYCgo.com
♦ Saint Patrick's Day Parade New Orleans
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