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Eats // Irish Soda Bread Knots

March 11, 2014

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photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics

I have to admit, I lived the first 20 years of my life not knowing what the amazingness of Irish Soda bread was. Then one fateful summer day, my friend brought back a loaf from her local grocery store, saying, “Have you ever tried Irish Soda Bread? It’s pretty good.” I tore off a piece, not expecting much, and took a bite. And with that bite, I was converted. Converted into a huge fan of the deliciousness that is Irish Soda bread.

So, I decided to try my own version of the bread– an easier recipe that doesn’t call for yeast. It’s a bit of a cross between a dense bread and a scone, which melts perfectly in your mouth with coffee. And it’s not terribly sweet, which makes it an ideal breakfast for a weekday morning!
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (if you don’t have wheat, you can also just use 4 cups all purpose flour)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1.5 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1.5 cup butter milk

irish soda bread knots recipe

Begin by preheating the oven to 425 degrees, and spray a muffin pan with cooking oil. Then, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda in a food processor. Quickly pulse so it’s just mixed, then add the butter. Add the butter and pulse until it’s just combined and resembles a coarse meal. If you don’t have a food processor, you can do the same thing and cut the butter into the flour mixture using two butter knives.
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Transfer the flour and butter mixture into a large bowl, and mix in the raisins and the caraway seeds. Then, make a well in the middle and pour in the buttermilk and the egg. Gently knead until it’s just combined– do not over mix or the bread will turn out too dry.
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Fill the muffin tins with the dough and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Enjoy with a piping hot beverage!
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photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics
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Eats // How to serve hot chocolate sticks & win a Treatsie subscription!

February 7, 2014

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When Kerri from Treatsie asked if I wanted to try out their boxes I obviously replied back with “Yes, is twelve too many?”… okay not really, but obviously I was excited considering sugar is half of the title around here. Of course I had to add my touch of DIY, so I decided I’d show you how I’d serve hot chocolate sticks since my box was filled with Pop Bar hot chocolate sticks, salted caramel chocolates, gourmet caramels, and peanut brittle.

Don’t worry, you can still make your own version of this because they’re giving away a three month subscription to one Sugar & Cloth reader just in time for Valentine’s! That’s right, a free gift for your Valentine that you happen to get to enjoy too, I call that a steal my friends.

Here’s how to keep your guests wanting to take pictures of every last second of your hot chocolate date…

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8 mail order sweets almost too cute to eat!

December 6, 2013

If you’re December has already gotten as jam packed as mine, you probably won’t have the time to spare for making and shipping your own sweets for Christmas gifts as perfect as they may be for long distance family and friends. Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of extra time to console each other on our chaotic schedules by skipping the kitchen and heading to the good ole’ world wide web for eight of the cutest mail order sweets out there.

Of course, we all know it’s all in the details when it comes to gifts and packaging and these select favorites of mine fit the bill for that too, not just the sweet tooth. Don’t forget though, most require you to order by December 13th to meet the Christmas deadline so jump on it now! Also, if you’re a U.S. resident and Instagram user, you can keep an eye out for a chance to win a gift certificate to The Cravory today! Follow my Insta account for details!

cute and modern edible gift guide!

 

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Eats // Glittering Cookie Sandwiches

October 19, 2012

recipe for glittering cookie sandwiches

If confetti was a cookie, they would definitely be glittering cookie sandwiches. Also, let me just tell you that this was my first time ever making these lovelies which A) was totally worth it and B) reminded me how important it is not to make up your own portion sizes when it comes to sweets. Technically they are supposed to be bite-sized (making a total of 5 dozen), but my laziness got the better of me and I decided I was just going to make fewer, bigger cookies… um, no. Not a good idea at all. Bite size is about all you can handle of the sweetness, so take my word for it.

Glittering Cookie Sandwiches from The Gourmet Cookie Book inspired by The Purl Bee:

Ingredients:

Cookies
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Sanding sugars in various colors

Filling
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons almond extract
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 stick unsalted butter, softened

recipe for glittering cookie sandwiches

To Make the Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place flour, cornstarch and salt in a bowl, mix togetgher and set aside.

With electric mixer, mix butter, confectioners’ sugar, almond extract and vanilla until fluffy.
Add flour mixture and mix on low until dough forms.

Place each sanding sugar into a small bowl.
Roll dough into balls, 1/2-inch in diameter, then roll balls in sanding sugar.  Place balls on parchment lined baking sheet, 3/4-inch apart.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Bottoms should just be turning golden.  Remove and place on cooling racks.

glittering cookie sandwich recipe

To Make Filling:
With electric mixer, mix all filling ingredients on medium until combined.

Complete Cookies:
With offset spatula place approximately 1/4 teaspoon of filling on half a cookie, sandwich the other half to form a ball.

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To package them, fill a clear take out container with different colors, and tie a gold ribbon around the top!