Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

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Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter is a nice compliment to any corned beef and cabbage dinner.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

St. Patrick’s Day occurs every year on March 17. It observances the of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has turned a day of celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.


Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

 My recipe, while not Irish in origin, is fitting for St Patty’s Day. This recipe came from a local restaurant that served what they called Brown Soda Bread instead of a traditional bread basket. It was served on a bread board with a flavored butter. The loaf was the perfect size for two. Although the restaurant is no longer open, I still remember the wonderful bread and the flavored butter that made the bread so extra special.

But alas, as many with restaurants, it was not meant to be. Luckily, I was able to have the owner give me the recipe for Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

Soda breads are fairly dense, moist and hearty. They consist of four basic ingredients: flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. Reaction between the buttermilk and baking soda produces bubbles of carbon dioxide, causing the dough to rise. It is best served the day that it is made, when the crust is crisp from the oven, with plenty of butter.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

My recipe uses a mix of white and whole wheat flour, and the addition of brown sugar gives a slightly sweet flavor to the bread. Baking in a cast iron skillet gives an extra crispness to the bottom of the loaf.

Now about that butter, sweet but, not too sweet. Fluffy, and easily spreadable. It whips up in a breeze and left overs can be kept in the frig, and used on morning toast.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter is great to serve on St Patty’s Day, but also is perfect for any soup or stew.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter

So, anytime you need a hearty, dense bread that is quick to make, try Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter.

Brown Irish Soda Bread with Honey Butter
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour,
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • flour for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a large bowl,whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl beat egg lightly, add the buttermilk and melted butter. Our wet mixture into dry and stir until combined.
  4. Spray a cast iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  5. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on a cutting board. Scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl onto cutting board and shape into a ball, kneading lightly if necessary. Transfer to cast iron skillet. Sprinkle lightly flour.
  6. Using a sharp knife make an X across the top of the dough.
  7. Place in preheated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve with Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Honey Butter
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Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the butter for about a minute.  Add the remaining ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.

 

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Sriracha Marmalade Wings

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Now that summer has drawn to a close and fall is near, so is football season. Nothing scream football like chicken wings, Sriracha Marmalade Wings. Sriracha Marmalade Wings 2

Never, ever would I have thought that Sriracha would be something I crave. Hot things were never a go-to flavor for me. That is until I married Tim. He love, love, loves spicy things. He uses Sriracha for ketchup, I don’t go that far but, I really like the flavor it brings to dishes. Continue reading “Sriracha Marmalade Wings”

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Poppyseed Power Salad

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Super salads are …..….super!! Poppyseed Power Salad is a super delicious salad!!

Poppyseed Power Salad

What makes a salad super you might ask???? Well for me these are the 7 key components to build a super salad ……..

  1. Start with a really great mix of lettuce or green……..I love baby…..any green…..spinach, romaine, red leaf, ……the darker the color the better.
  2. You need some crunchy stuff……in this salad brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, carrot and kale. Nuts or seeds are a great addition……I used almonds.
  3. You need a colorful ingredient…….I used dried cranberries but, colored peppers, red onion, tomato, avocado, even shredded beets.
  4. Add a punch of protein……beans, meat, fish, eggs, or cheese….I used goat cheese.
  5. Fruit adds a fresh element. Apples, or berries, the choices are really endless. Be careful with dried fruits, they tend to have a higher sugar content so a little goes a long way. Less sugar options are also available….I use those.
     
  6. Leftovers can add any of the above ingredients, and are a good way to stretch your food dollar.
  7. Use a good dressing……preferably homemade. You can control the fat and sugar. Oil, vinegar and citrus make the best healthy dressings. Dress salads lightly.

Poppyseed Power Salad

I have salad several time a week, the more the better. I came across a bagged mix……let me say this about that………if you have access to a Farmers Market, or have a garden of your own……make that your first choice. Having said that, there are many great organic and non organic pre-made mixes that can save you time and money and still give you all the benefits for a super salad.

Mann’s is a brand name of veggie that I use often.
They have a large line of products that make eating your veggies easy. Their Powerblend mix with brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrots, and kale that I adore…….is what I used in this recipe.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Crunchy, nutritious, and full of vitamins…….and bonus ……it’s already ready already! I added some baby spinach to bump the green power and, cause I had some leftover.

I think fruit in a salad is a nice sweet surprise, and dried cranberries are an easy salad add in. As I said above, dried fruits do have more sugar so go lightly, and if possible buy a reduced sugar version.

Poppyseed Power Salad

If I had to chose a favorite nut……and had to exclude Tim…….lol, I would chose almonds. To me they have a light, delicate flavor that won’t overpower a dish. They are great in either sweet or savory dishes and are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber…..they are kinda super too!

Goat cheese……love it or hate it……I love it. So beautifully white, with a creamy mild and distinct flavor. It is not everyones cup of tea, but give it a try……it was the only choice for this salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed dressing, I have made several varieties over the years, those is one of the best. Fresh and light, lemony, with a touch of sweetness. Lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon, and apple cider vinegar make the perfect dressing for Poppyseed Power Salad.

This salad does not have meat but you could add a nice grilled chicken and make it a main course. I must confess, that even thought it does not go with the healthy theme to the salad, I put leftover bacon on top when I took the leftovers of this salad for my lunch the day after I made it. It was bacon……what can you say….it was deliciousPoppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed Power Salad is a perfect side or main dish salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 10 ounce package Powerblend Salad Mix
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • ½ cup almonds ( whole, slivered or sliced )
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • Dressing
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup organic honey
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated onion
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseed
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all of the salad ingredients, toss to combine.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients except poppyseed in a blender or a jar with a tight fitting lid, blend or shake until emulsified. Add poppyseed and mix until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. When you are ready to serve give the dressing a shake, top the salad, and serve.

 

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