Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Well, we finished Pi Day this week with a chicken pot pie this time.  Now, we have St. Patrick’s Day with the traditional corned beef and cabbage.

I have made Irish Soda Bread in the past from a mix and it is so easy to make yourself!  Anyone can do it – even a kid!  Plus you do not need yeast.  Irish Soda Bread is like a giant biscuit and you use baking soda and buttermilk to leaven the bread.  If you do not like raisins – just leave them out!

Irish Soda Bread
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (10 oz.) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (5.25 oz.) all purpose or bread flour
  • 3 Tb. (1.25 oz.) sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup (3.5 oz.) raisins
  • 4 Tb. (2 oz.) cold butter, cut up
  • 1 and 1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1 Tb. lemon juice topped with regular milk)
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 8″ or 9″ round cake pan or pie pan with a coating of grease or baking spray.
  2. In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff: white whole wheat flour, AP or bread flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and raisins. Whisk together!
  3. Using your fingers, drop the butter into the dry mix and work the butter in. I use my fingers, but you can use forks or a pastry cutter. You shouldn’t see any chunks of butter.
  4. In a not so great big bowl: mix the buttermilk (or lemon juice and milk) with the egg. Whisk that with a fork until combined. Add to the dry mix.
  5. Bring the wet and dry ingredients together with a spatula and once the dough comes together, knead just a couple times.
  6. Place the dough into the prepared pan.
  7. Take out a bread knife and cut a large X into the top of the dough about 1/2″ deep.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Watch closely in small convection ovens! Mine was done in about 30 minutes in the small convection. It will take closer to 40 minutes in a regular oven. Watch the top and it will be a lovely golden brown and a toothpick will come out clean.
  9. Allow to cool and slice! Add butter, apple butter, dip into beef juices, jam, jellies, you name it!
Notes
Recipe from King Arthur Flour[br]If you do not have white whole wheat flour, you may substitute whole wheat flour.

 

 

The Best Ham You Ever Made

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Book:  The children and I are reading  “Walt Disney” by Bill Scollon.  Since we are planning a trip to Disney World, I thought it would be a fun read.  It’s a great book for teaching grit and perseverance as well.  Walt failed time and time again.  He was rejected from the Kansas City newspapers because there was not job available.  His film distributor was trying to pay him less and less for his films of Oswald.  He also came from a poor family and worked his way up the ladder by being smart, a hard worker and countless hours of practice.  I recommend it for anyone wanting to teach their children these values.

Recipe:  This is the BEST ham we have ever made.  I have made them for holidays and such when they go on sale every year.  I have tried cooking whole hams in the slow cooker which was just plain gross.  I tried cooking them in the oven which was just okay.  FINALLY, we got it right.  This recipe takes a little bit of planning ahead, but it isn’t that bad.

Is a ham freezer friendly?  The butcher suggested not to freeze a whole ham.  But from experience, I had no problem freezing small portions of ham like leftovers, soups or batches for sandwiches.

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The Best Ham You Ever Made

Ingredients

  • 1 - spiral sliced, bone in half ham (7-10 lbs)
  • You will need: 1 oven bag (you will see these often used for roasting turkey)
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • (if you need more glaze, simply mix together equal parts of brown sugar and honey)

Instructions

  1. Do NOT open the ham up all the way. Remove any mesh or outer foil and keep the inner foil or plastic wrap on the ham!
  2. With the ham still wrapped, place it in a very large bowl or stock pot. Fill the pot to the top with HOT water. Let the ham sit for 45 minutes.
  3. Drain the water and cover the ham up again in hot water for another 45 minutes.
  4. PREHEAT OVEN TO 250 DEGREES.
  5. Remove ham from water and the plastic or foil wrap it is in. Place the ham into an oven bag and twist the end. Seal with the twist tie that came with the bag and cut off any extra plastic. Cut 3 or 4 slits into the top of the bag.
  6. Bake ham in roasting pan pan for 60-90 minutes.
  7. While the ham is baking, mix the brown sugar and honey in a bowl. Heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  8. INCREASE OVEN TO 350 degrees. Cut open the oven bag and brush 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze on the ham. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Brush another 1/3 of the glaze on the ham. You may need to reheat the honey/brown sugar again in the microwave. Let the ham rest for 15 minutes under foil. Carve and eat!
  10. Serve ham with leftover glaze.
  11. Cooking technique from America's Test Kitchen
http://www.whisktogether.com/2015/01/08/the-best-ham-you-ever-made/

Best Ham EVER
serves 10-12

1 – spiral sliced, bone in half ham (7-10 lbs)

You will need: 1 oven bag (you will see these often used for roasting turkey)

Glaze:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey

(if you need more glaze, simply mix together equal parts of brown sugar and honey)

1.  Do NOT open the ham up all the way.  Remove any mesh or outer foil and keep the inner foil or plastic wrap on the ham!
2.  With the ham still wrapped, place it in a very large bowl or stock pot.  Fill the pot to the top with HOT water.  Let the ham sit for 45 minutes.
3.  Drain the water and cover the ham up again in hot water for another 45 minutes.
4.  PREHEAT OVEN TO 250 DEGREES.
5.  Remove ham from water and the plastic or foil wrap it is in.  Place the ham into an oven bag and twist the end.  Seal with the twist tie that came with the bag and cut off any extra plastic.  Cut 3 or 4 slits into the top of the bag.
6.  Bake ham in roasting pan pan for 60-90 minutes.
7.  While the ham is baking, mix the brown sugar and honey in a bowl.  Heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds.
8.  INCREASE OVEN TO 350 degrees.  Cut open the oven bag and brush 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze on the ham.  Pop in the oven for 15 minutes.
9.  Brush another 1/3 of the glaze on the ham.  You may need to reheat the honey/brown sugar again in the microwave.  Let the ham rest for 15 minutes under foil.  Carve and eat!
10.  Serve ham with leftover glaze.

Cooking technique from America’s Test Kitchen

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