No, March 17, 2014 is the day when so many of us use the legend of dear, long-ago St. Patrick to unleash a wee bit o' the Irish found in most of us!
For those who do not have the inclination to make traditional Irish fare, like corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew, here's the answer. True, it isn't part of any fiddly main course, but it is a most delectable spin on the usual soda bread, and to my mind, anyone with a few ingredients, 2 bowls and a big spoon can make it.
If you don't like fruit cake, this one could be a bit of a challenge for you, but it is worthwhile persevering, because this is ultra delicious and loaded with nutrition.
Here is the lovely bread, with a cup of tea in my sun room, and decorated with 3 leaf clovers. (I'm still looking for the lucky 4-leaf kind.)
The dainty cup and saucer are courtesy of Epigramman, of Yours Truly, Epigramman and his Momma. Epi decided we would share the set, and I feel like royalty when I use my three sweet little teacups.
The dry one is the metal one,used for dry ingredients, the liquid one is the one with the er . . . liquid in it.
You can find them at any thrift store or supermarket in your area. They really are common and usually come as a set of measurements most often used.
When you measure the fruit into your dry measuring cup, pack it in.
That's one cup.
Brown sugar, the same. It should be a molded lump when you add it to the other dry ingredients.
I cup of hot Irish Tea ( Actually any kind would do)!
1 cup each of raisins, chopped prunes and dates
1/2 cup currants
Pour the tea over the fruit. Let it cool, and you will notice the fruit has become plump and soft.
Now heat your oven. 325 F seems to work well.
You'll need two smallish bread pans. If push comes to shove, muffin pans work too, and I had four muffins from leftover mix, but 2 mysteriously disappeared as soon as they came out of the oven!
Make sure you're using non-stick pans.
In your second bowl measure:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add the soaked fruit to the dry ingredients, and then 1 egg too.
Mix everything together with your big spoon, then divide the mixture between your pans.
Bake in your heated oven about 50 minutes, or until the loaf is firm to the touch.
I'm using silicone paper molds here. They just fit into my pans, and then they're handy when I make 4 times this amount and want to give the loaves away.
No clean up, you see!
Thanks a bunch for answering the call to help those struggling to find time or reasons for cooking. The deadline for our competition entries is March 20, 2014. Details are on this post. The plan is to develop and publish a cookbook of simple recipes, and 70% of all proceeds from this will go to K9s For Wounded Warriors Project/Rescue.