International Night: Ireland

20 03 2009

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrated Ireland this week for International Night.  Here are the recipes:

Irish Bacon and Cabbage Stew
1/2 lb. Irish bacon (does anyone know what this is?  I just used regular bacon)

2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

15 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice

1 cup chicken stock, or as needed

salt and pepper to tast

2 cups thinly sliced cabbage leaves

Cook bacon over medium high heat until evenly borwn.  Drain off any excess fat.  Stir in potatoes, tomatoes, and enough chicken stock to cover.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.  Stir in cabbage and allow the soup to simmer for a few minutes longer before serving.

Irish Raisin Bread

Mix in small bowl and let foam:

1 Tbsp. active dry yeast

1 tsp. sugar

1 cup warm milk

Mix in large bowl:

4 cup flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmet

1/2 tsp. salt

Cut in 2 Tbsp. margarine, then add the yeast mixture and 1 egg, beaten.  Stir until batter is stiff but elastic.  Fold in 1 cup raisins, preferably white and 1 cup currents (I didn’t have either raisins or currents on hand so I used a mixture of dried cherries and dried cranberries and it was delicious).

Knead gently on floured board, adding more flour if necessary.  Place in greased bowl, turning greased side up.  Cover with coth and leave in warm place several hours until dough is doubled in bulk.  Punch down and divide into 2 portions.  Shape into round loaves and place on large greased baking sheet or in 2 round pans.  Cover again and let rise about 30 minutes.  Bake 40-50 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven.  Glaze top with:  1 Tbsp. sugar dissolved in 2 Tbsp. boiling water.  Return to hot oven 3 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  Slice and serve with butter.




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