Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
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Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Irish Soda Bread
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt
  3. Add buttermilk and cut in with a fork or pit crust cutter until combined
  4. Tip dough out on to parchment paper lined baking sheet and knead for 30 seconds
  5. Form dough into oval loaf about 8" long
  6. Score a cross into loaf
  7. Bake for 30-40m
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Thumbprint cookies

Thumbprint cookies
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Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 m
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 m 30 m
Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 m
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 m 30 m
Thumbprint cookies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 m
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 m 30 m
Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 m
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 m 30 m
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment
  2. Cream together butter and cream cheese
  3. Add sugar to cream cheese mixture and beat until combined
  4. Add vanilla and beat until combined
  5. Gradually add flour and baking soda, mixing well
  6. Chill dough for 30m
  7. Shape chilled dough into balls and place on baking sheet
  8. Make indentation in each ball with the bottom of a spoon or with your thumb
  9. Fill each indentation with the preserves/jam of your choice
  10. Bake for 8-12m at 350°F, until lightly browned
  11. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely
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Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream
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This recipe does not require eggs or cooking. It's not as rich as a custard-based ice cream, but it's a lot less work and pretty damn tasty.
Servings Prep Time
1 qt 5 m
Passive Time
20 m
Servings Prep Time
1 qt 5 m
Passive Time
20 m
Vanilla Ice Cream
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This recipe does not require eggs or cooking. It's not as rich as a custard-based ice cream, but it's a lot less work and pretty damn tasty.
Servings Prep Time
1 qt 5 m
Passive Time
20 m
Servings Prep Time
1 qt 5 m
Passive Time
20 m
Ingredients
Servings: qt
Instructions
  1. Combine cream and milk in large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in sugar, dissolving as much as possible.
  3. Stir in vanilla. For best taste, add vanilla until mixture tastes right, then add a bit more.
  4. Put mixture in ice cream maker, following manufacturer’s instructions.
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Tasty Tuesday: Aw, Lemon!

Originally published on Tasteful Diversions June 14, 2011.

Lemonade pitcher and glassAs a child of the 80s, I’ve always been about convenience and speed. Powdered drink mixes always seemed like the easiest way to get a nice refreshing pitcher of lemonade, and it tasted okay. When my kids got old enough to start eating and drinking real food, I started looking at the ingredients in foods and resolved to make from scratch as much as possible. Sometimes this is an utter failure. For instance, one of the few things The Girl will eat are chicken fingers. She will not eat any other form of chicken, even if I’ve made it look just like the prepackaged chicken fingers. I heartily wish that she had never been introduced to the pre-made crap, but it happened and I’m sure eventually we’ll get her to start eating something else. Maybe when she goes to college.

But I digress. I started looking for a lemonade recipe last year — I figured it would be a pain, but worth it to keep the chemicals going into the kids down to a minimum. I was surprised — and a little annoyed at myself for not figuring it out earlier — to find out how incredibly easy it is…almost as easy as fixing one of the powdered mixes. It’s so easy, in fact, that I almost feel silly writing up the recipe.

Lemonade
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Quick and easy lemonade from scratch.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts (about) 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts (about) 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Lemonade
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Quick and easy lemonade from scratch.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts (about) 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts (about) 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts (about)
Instructions
  1. Combine boiling water and sugar.
  2. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved (the water will become clear again — yay! You’ve just made simple syrup!).
  3. Stir in lemon juice.
  4. Put ice in pitcher.
  5. Add half the cold water.
  6. Pour in lemon juice mixture.
  7. Top off with remaining cold water.
  8. Stir.
  9. Serve over ice.
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