Feeling lucky? You must have a bit of ol’ Irish in you.
Although the post is entitled “Traditions”, the only traditions I follow come St. Patrick’s Day are:
1) A Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. I have no idea what’s in it, and I don’t care. Any comments that pertain to the ingredient list or bashing the nutritional composition will be deleted and the author may be banned. Don’t mess with my Shamrock Shake, y’all.
2) Women’s “The Rockstar” Super Skinny Jeans from Old Navy, in Imperial Jade. Also known as, the only time I confidently rock green jeans without wondering if my ass looks fat in green jeans.
(Spoiler Alert: Yes, it does.)
3) Irish Soda Bread. Man cannot live on bread alone, but when man slathers butter on a slice of this dense, satisfying loaf, it’s heavenly. Or saintly. Like St. Patrick’s Day. See what I did there?
From my good friends at Hamilton Beach, here’s a simple, easy-to-follow recipe you can make in advance of St. Paddy’s! You can find this delicious creation and more at Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of Hamilton Beach.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup raisins
Heat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, stir milk, butter, white vinegar, eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and raisins until just blended.
Divide mixture in half; shape into two round loaves. Cut an X in top of each loaf. (Dust the loaves with extra flour before cutting an X in the top if you like the floured appearance on the bread.) Place loaves on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.