Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patty’s Day

Hey all,

It's time for another guest blogger. Today I have the honor of introducing Dominique Eastwick. She is a fellow Aspen Mountain Press author and having read some of her work, I know she'll go far.

She writes romantic suspense stories that will have you biting your nails and wishing you were part of the Sherman family.

So, everyone, lets give a big round of applause to today's blogger.

Welcome, Dominique!!!


Happy St. Patty’s Day! CJ thank you so much for having me on this very festive day.

Whether you’re Irish or not, today is a day to think green, wear green and possibly drink some green beer. For our Family--my husband being very Irish--it’s a day that when we lived in Boston, he would take a day off and no one seemed to notice. He was starting the pub rounds about the same time as he would be at work. Always starting at the Purple Shamrock and ending his day at home with his family.

At home is a traditional Corned Beef and cabbage meal. Beginning with Irish Soda Bread, and ending with oatmeal laced cookies.

Now the Irish Soda bread isn’t traditional except in our family, but my family likes it and well I like it because it’s super easy. So if you want to try something new this St Patty’s Day, here is the recipe.

Easy St Patty’s Irish Soda Bread.


4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 of a cup of Raisin or currants (Optional we never add them but each to their own)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form into a round ½ ball shape and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes

Then eat and enjoy.

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Thanks, Dominique! And after visiting Ireland last year, I got hooked on soda bread, so I'm always looking for a good recipe!!! I'm off to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day Singaporean style by having some beer at the street party at Molly Malone's!

Have a safe and happy holiday!!!

CJ England
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Kate Richards said...

Thanks for the recipe Dominique! My Irish great-grandmother taught me to make Irish Raisin Bread, a yeast type, but I could never write it out, I can only do it by feel. Soda bread isn't out tradition, either, but we like it.

Olivia Starke said...

I love recipes! Thanks Dominique :) I'll be trying this.

Phylis said...

Sounds yummy! Now if my oven worked. *sigh* I meant to get some from the store and forgot. UGH! I know I wasn't drinking yesterday. lol Must be the age. Congrats on the release and good luck with your next one.