Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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 If you’ve never tried making Irish soda bread to go with your corned beef and cabbage, here’s an easy and delicious whole-wheat recipe I’ve used for years. I plan to substitute spelt flour for whole wheat this year. So far, my spelt experiments have been successful and delicious (http://nutrition.about.com/od/grainsandcereals/p/spelt.htm).

 Heat oven to 350F. Grease large cast-iron skillet or baking sheet. Mix 4C flour with 4t baking powder, ½t baking soda and 1t salt. [Another version uses 1t salt and 1t baking soda/no baking powder.] Add 2T butter and rub it into the flour mix with your fingers until pieces of butter are no longer visible.

 Add 2C buttermilk and stir until mixture forms a dough. Sprinkle about ¼C flour onto board or counter. Knead the dough lightly on the floured surface for about 1 min., working in the extra flour and forming a smooth, round loaf about 8 in. in diameter. If necessary, add more flour to the surface to keep dough from sticking.

 Put loaf in the prepared skillet/baking sheet and cut a deep cross in it, slicing ¾ of the way through the dough. Bake 55-60 min. or until the loaf sounds hollow when the bottom is rapped. [2nd version bakes 30-45 min. @ 450F] Cool on a wire rack. Serve with real butter—not that chemical stuff.

Catholic.org tells us that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the Irish people. More history from that site: Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. …Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message. …After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461. Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

A life worth celebrating! Enjoy a taste of Ireland this Wednesday, Becky

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