St. Patrick’s Day, Just Another Reason to Consume Carbs

by Girl Gone Domestic

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day always confused me, I mean, what’s the point?  I understand St. Valentine’s Day, who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day, and the way in which its celebrated?  A good excuse to eat large quantities of chocolate, the hubby brings you flowers and gifts whether you deserve them or not, its definitely a darn good holiday!  But who needs a good excuse to wear green?  I do know that St. Pat was an early Christian missionary, but I still don’t get the cause for celebration.  OK, OK, I know for some its an excuse to get sloppy drunk on some dark ale, but for us non drinkers!?   Just questions on my mind.   But I did take the advantage to make some delicious carbohydrate laden foods with the kids, I guess to honor St. Patrick.

Irish Soda Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour                                                                            dscn2136

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

1/4 cup raisins (optional)

1 egg, slightly beaten

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 teaspoon salt


 In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Cut in coconut oil or butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in raisins, if desired.  Make a well in the center of the mixture.  In a small mixing bowl combine egg and buttermilk. Add all at once to dry

mixture. Stir just until moistened. On a lightly floured surface knead dough 10 to 12 strokes until nearly smooth.  Shape into a 7-inch round loaf.  

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.   Place bread dough on baking sheet.  With a sharp knife, make 2 slashes in the top to form an X.  Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 30 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. 

 

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Benny being helpful before he was unhelpful.

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Evie sits in her chair on the counter and supervises.

Oatmeal Shortbread

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3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup butter or coconut oil

1/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

 

In a medium mixing bowl combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.

Stir in rolled oats. Form mixture into a ball and knead until smooth. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into an 8×6-inch rectangle about 1/2 inch

thick. Using a knife, cut into twenty-four 2×1-inch strips. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the 325 degree F oven for 20 to

25 minutes. 

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Benny trying to control his urge to touch!  Its not everyday Mama lets him help in the kitchen!   That makes St. Patrick’s Day very special, even though he has no idea who the guy was.
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