"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -
a day to begin transforming winter's dreams
into summer's magic."
Bread and stories go together...more so if you have a drop of Irish blood. And if you don't have Irish blood, try a little Guinness or Murphy's Stout.
On the eve of St. Patrick's, I cracked open a Guinness and made Irish bread and whispered Irish blessings.
What to do with the leftover Guinness?
Drink it, lass. Drink it.
- Guinness Bread mix (http://www.guinness.com/)
- 1 T butter, melted
- 1/3 cup black treacle or dark molasses
- 1/2 c Guinness
- 1/3 cup raisins (optional)
Mix ingredients for two minutes. Fold into a greased, floured loaf pan. Bake in a 350 oven for 50-60 minutes. cool.
[Story Digression: As soon as I started mixing, I heard frantic baaaaing and ran to the window. A goat had gotten stuck in the fence. Young Bandwith offered to rescue the goat, saying, "You're too busy to help--you're making Guinness bread."
He's been looking forward to it for days. (The goat is fine, by the way.)
Back to the bread story...]
I used the KitchenAid bowl, but mixed by hand--a great 2-minute workout.
I'm not sure why the surface cracked...maybe someone can explain. However, it smelled divine, so I decided a bit of embellishing was in order.
"For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day."
Have a great St. Patrick's Day!
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