I tried making Irish Soda Bread recently and was not disappointed! It was delicious, crusty on the outside and had a nice texture. This was a great recipe for my daughter to help with because it was simple.
Recipe (modified from The Kitchn)
2 cups whole milk
3 Tablespoons vinegar
4 cups wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons butter, cold
Mix together the milk and vinegar and let sit while mixing up the rest of the ingredients, for at least 5 minutes. The mixture should be thick before mixing it into the rest of the ingredients.
While the milk and vinegar is sitting, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into pea sized squares and work it into the flour mixture with your hands until the mixture is crumbly.
Once the milk and vinegar has thickened, remove 2 Tablespoons of the mixture and put into a separate bowl. Stir the remaining milk mixture (it should be about 2 cups) into the flour and butter mixture. Shape the dough into a round shape on a greased cookie sheet. Cut an X into the top of the dough. Using a pastry brush, brush the 2 Tablespoons of milk mixture onto the top of the bread dough.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes and then turn the oven down to 375 degrees and bake for another approximately 12 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread should come out clean.
Let the bread cool for a few minutes before cutting it.
To continue our celebration of foods from Ireland, I wanted to make Cottage Pie. The bottom is a meat-vegetable mixture with a generous portion of mashed potato topping. Sounds wonderful doesn't it?
1 pound of ground beef
3-4 Tblsp olive oil
1/2 cup sliced carrots
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves
2 Tblsp flour (use cornstarch to make it gluten-free)
2 Tblsp tomato puree
2 Tblsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 bay leaves
2 cups beef broth
3-4 thyme sprigs
Salt and pepper to taste
Fry ground beef in 2 Tblsp oil, break up while it is browning. When cooked remove from pan, add 2 Tblsp oil, carrots and celery, cook until soft. Add garlic, flour and tomato puree and cook for a few minutes, add beef, Worcestershire Sauce, bay leaves and thyme, bring to a simmer and cook until thick, add salt and pepper. Place in 9 x 9 casserole dish, set aside.
4-5 medium potatoes
1/2 stick butter
1/4-1/2 cup milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 1/2 cup cheese (I used mozzarella, cheddar could be used)
Peal potatoes, dice, place in saucepan, cover with water, a little salt and bring to a boil until, potatoes are tender. Drain, add back to pan, add butter and 1/4 cup of milk, using a hand mixer beat until fluffy, adding more milk if needed. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg, mix again. Add 1 1/4 cup cheese and mix by hand, spoon over meat mixture, spreading evenly, sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
We will be sharing this recipe to these Blog Parties.
I know today is St. Patrick's Day - and I'm sharing a Scotch titled recipe, but... this is a favorite appetizer from a local Irish restaurant, that I love to recreate for St. Patty's Day! If you need something quick and easy for today, try these Scotch Eggs!
We usually celebrate St. Patty's day with the same menu -- Bangers, mashed potatoes, this baked cabbage recipe, Scotch Eggs and bread pudding. My husband (who has Irish heritage) is a little under the weather this week, so our menu has been postponed a few days. Soon, though, we will enjoy our tradition and watch these favorite movies with the kids....
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!