This is a picture of Little Dude last St. Patrick's Day.
Well, today is St. Patrick's Day! Yay! My family is Irish, so this holiday has always been a big deal in my parents home. Even though my husband's family isn't Irish, I have gotten him to fall in love with all the things I cook or decorate for St. Patrick's.
Every St. Patrick's Day I simmer a corned beef brisket all day, which, let me tell you, makes the whole house smell yummy! About an hour before we are going to eat I chop up potatoes, cabbage and carrots and throw them in the pot. SUPER YUMMY!
My mom makes soda bread; however I stink at making the dough and still have never gotten it as good as hers. I will be trying again this year. Cross your fingers for me. *Sigh*
Then we make an awesome Irish Cake that my Granny always called "Tipsy Cake". I included the recipe and though it says a 1/2 cup of whiskey (my Granny always added more), you could put in some rum flavor extract or leave it out completely for a tipsy tasting yet alcohol free cake. And, on another note, I never cook it the day before. My mom would, and it would be great, but I usually don't have time until the day of to cook it, so it will turn out great even if you don't let it sit in the whiskey for a long time.
2 1/2 cups of buttermilk
2 cups of sugar
5 cups of flour
2 sticks of butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons baking soda
Dash of salt
1 (16-ounce box) of brown raisins
1 (16-ounce) box of golden raisins
1/2 cup whiskey, optional
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a Dutch Oven. Cream sugar and butter in large bowl. Add in eggs one at a time. Add seasonings. Mix baking soda into the buttermilk. Alternate adding flour, buttermilk and raisins into mix. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in covered Dutch Oven. Cake is finished when knife inserted into middle comes out clean.
Optional- pour 1/2 cup of whiskey over cake immediately after removing from oven. Cake is best when cut after a few days.
Also, for anyone interested, I found a great site that has the history of St. Patrick, the traditions, and general information: http://www.history.com/minisites/stpatricksday/
Enjoy the day and don't get pinched!