Yes folks - it's THAT TIME again!!! Time to celebrate all that is great about being Irish!!! As part of my day of fun I've blogged about St. Pat's over at The Pink Heart Society - with a little bit of history and a rather nice YouTube Clip for you to have a look at...
And here on home ground - I'm taking you step-by-step through the making of Irish Coffee... encouraging you to make something Irish to eat for the big day... and sending you a little bit of an e-card to say thanks for all your friendship and support over the last year!!!
Original Version: 1 C hot coffee - 1 1/2 oz. Irish Mist liqueur - whipped cream for garnish
Modern Version: 1 C hot coffee - 1 oz. Irish Whiskey - 3 sugar cubes - whipped cream for garnish
Recipe Makes 1 Drink
In order to make this recipe properly the whiskey has to be heated to a high temperature. Pour the coffee in a cup with the desired number of sugar cubes. Then use a spoon turned upside down and pour the HOT whiskey over it so it flows down gently. Top it all with the whipped cream.
When served, true Irish Coffee always has three distinct layers. And to be safe, you first use a straw and sip (a very small amount as it is HOT) a little of the Whiskey. Then stir all the ingredients together.
Easy 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
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
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 out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round 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 in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.
So there you go! That's you fed and watered... So that just leaves a little bit of a greeting from me... Which you can find HERE. And don't forget to pop by The Pink Heart Society for the low down on the day and the nice scenic video to tempt you all to come visit this island I call home!!!
Whatever you do - HAVE A LOVELY LOVELY DAY!!!!