Homemaking, Recipes

Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day always causes me to think about Grandma Dorothy and her Irish Soda Bread.

Dorothy at 104
Grandma (at 104)

So, in honor of my Irish heritage, and wanting to share with neighbors, I made a batch of

Irish Soda Bread basket
loaves in a basket

bread. Though I gave them a modern twist — dried cranberries and cherries instead of the traditional raisins. Baked into mini loves and tied with a green ribbon  they were ready to deliver.

 I give you:

Grandma Dorothy’s Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread ingredents
I like to use King Arthur flour, it tastes better than others

8 cups flour
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs – beaten
3/4 cup oil
3 cups buttermilk

2 cups raisins
–or—
use any combination of your favorite dried fruit such as:
cranberries, cherries, and apricots (chop the bigger fruit into small pieces)
to equal 2 cups

optional – 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Grease two large loaf pans or eight mini loaf pans.

Set oven to 350

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
In a separate, bowl mix together the eggs, oil, and buttermilk.

Add the liquids to the flour mix. Stir with a large spoon.
Mix in the raisins (traditional) or the cranberries and cherries and if you wish the nuts.

Divide among your pans.

For mini loaves bake 35 minutes
For large loaves bake 60 minutes

Enjoy!

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Homemaking, Recipes

Cider Season

cider in pot
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The Harvest Festival at Hawks Landing Farm is a much anticipated fall tradition with families coming all the way from Portland and Beaverton to attend. Crafts people and vendors, most from the local area, enjoy sharing their wares with the public. One of the most visited booths is the Woodville Garden Club’s Cider Stand. Kids and adults have a blast working the hand cranked apple press and enjoying a fresh, frothy glass of chilled cider. As the day wanes and the air takes on a decided fall crispness the spiced hot cider is much in demand. I asked Tina, the garden club’s reining Cider Queen, to share with us what makes their treat so tempting.
Enjoy!
~ Sophia

Sophia, thank you so much for asking me to share the Garden Club’s, not so secret, hot cider recipe.

cider ingrediants
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It’s really quite simple and so much better for you than the artificial flavor sugar laden packets of “cider” mix.

Gather a few ingredients:
A jug of cider (fresh pressed is best but any kind you like will work)
An orange
An apple
Whole cloves
Cinnamon sticks
Whole allspice

cloves and orange slices
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With the peal ON cut a few slices from the orange.
Insert whole cloves into the orange slice (this is a great thing for little ones to help with)

Place the allspice in a loose tea holder.

apple slices
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Cut a few slices from the apple, cross-ways so the little star shows.

Pour the cider into a pot, add the clove studded orange slices, apple slices, allspice, and cinnamon sticks.

Let simmer on low until warm.

The longer it simmers the more intense the flavors will become.

mug cider
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If you are serving a large crowd or want to keep the cider warm for hours use a crock-pot set to warm. If you have leftovers remove the spices and apple and orange slices. When cool pour into a container with a lid and keep in the refrigerator. It’s easy to warm up a cup when wanted.
Happy Fall!
~Tina

Do you have a variation on a hot cider recipe? Feel free to share it.