Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, so we are bringing out our Irish favorites. Some you know, some you think you know, some you’ve heard of, some you’ve never experienced but are wonderful, and some are just for fun.
We will be making three different types of Irish Soda Bread. Brown Bread, or Wheaten is the most traditional. It’s made with coarse ground whole wheat flour (organic if you are interested). I’ve never been to Ireland to compare for myself, but the Irish that have eaten ours say it’s “Right”. We’re are baking a batch of it today (Friday) and will also have it available tomorrow on St. Patrick’s Day.
For those looking for a lighter, milder, sweeter flavored (more modern?) soda bread, we will be baking White Soda Bread tomorrow.
Also tomorrow, we will be baking Spotted Dog, or Railway Cake. This is a sweeter white special occasion soda bread dotted with lots of juicy raisins.
Soda breads represent the simple austerity of the common Irish folk many of us identify with, but we also need to have something special on the other side of life — something decadent. To that end we are baking Irish Whiskey Brack tomorrow. This is a once a year specialty bread that is not to be missed. Irish Whiskey Brack is an extremely rich and buttery round yeast bread loaded with currants and golden raisins that have been soaking in Jameson Whiskey for nearly two weeks. Don’t worry, the alcohol gets baked off, but the fruit stays very moist and flavorful because of it. It gets topped with a dusting of powdered sugar when it comes out of the oven.
Now, if you are 21 or over, and enjoy the taste of Irish Whiskey, we made up some Whiskey Butter to spread on your Brack, or anything that could use a spread. It’s simply European style butter (higher butterfat content and lower moisture) that is whipped with some sugar and Jameson — really large amounts of Jameson. I did the calculation this morning — As delivered, it’s almost 30 proof and after a few pieces of toast you will start to feel pretty warm and relaxed.
One item that might be unique to our bakery is our Celtic Knot Bread. A couple years ago we had the idea of taking a triple long baguette and shaping it into a Celtic knot. I don’t have any pictures of it, but it is simple and elegant. If you are looking for a simple lean bread to have with dinner tomorrow, you won’t go wrong with this one.
On the pastry side of things, we have Parisian Macarons filled with Irish cream white chocolate ganache. We also have Irish Chocolate Stout Bundt Cakes — both full size and mini. And our usual selection of Cupcakes decorated in an Irish theme.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day. It’s going to be crazy warm and sunny. We may even get a few bakery employees playing jigs in the courtyard. Please stop by.