Hi readers, it’s Kaitlyn! Well, it’s that day of the year again. St. Patrick’s Day. The day when everyone puts on a green shirt and goes out for green beer. But does anyone really give much thought to the holiday’s country of origin? I do.
Ireland. My biggest dream is to walk its streets, check into the homey B&B’s and–of course–tour Jameson 😉. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent on Pinterest planning these non-existent vacations.
There are many things about the Emerald Isle that catch my eye, many of them being the food! So, we thought we’d try our hand at making ourselves a treat–traditional Irish soda bread and a Tropical Leprechaun cocktail!
Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: about 40 minutes
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch round cake pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients then stir in buttermilk until dough comes together into a ball.
3. Place dough onto a floured surface and gently knead. Form the dough back into a ball, place in the pan, and flatten until it resembles a disk. Try to get the dough to reach the sides of the pan, though it may shrink back a bit.
4. Cut an ‘x’ into the dough with a sharp knife, about 1/4 of an inch deep. Cover the pan with another pan of the same size but upside-down.
5. Cook (covered) for 30 minutes then remove the top pan and cook for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Done! Serve with red currant jelly 🙂
Tropical Leprechaun Cocktail
2 oz coconut rum
1/2 oz blue curaçao
3/4 oz melon liqueur
Pineapple juice (to fill the rest of the glass or to taste)
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add liquor then pineapple juice to top it off. Stir.
We have our own St. Paddy’s Day traditions that we partake in–as I’m sure you do. We get a lil nostalgic and watch Disney Channel’s ‘Luck of the Irish’ and drink green cocktails; any excuse for me to watch childhood crush Ryan Merriman!!! So whether you’re out indulging in a pint of Guinness or indoors avoiding those crazy day-drinkers 😄 everyone gets to be Irish at least once a year.
To see our 3 Simple St. Paddy’s Day Drinks post from last year, click here!