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paddy's day offering for faeries

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Recipe by
Stormy Stewart
Mio, MI

In Scotland's Highlands this day marks the first day of Spring, as well as the feast of St. Patrick. In honor of this day many make a soda bread and leave a piece in your garden for the faeries.

(1 rating)
yield 1 loaf

Ingredients For paddy's day offering for faeries

  • 2 c
  • 4 Tbsp
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1
  • 1/4 c
    melted butter
  • 2/3 c
  • 1-2 dash
    freshly grated nutmeg

How To Make paddy's day offering for faeries

  • 1
    preheat oven to 375° degrees and combine all the following ingredients in a bowl Stir till moist, then mound the dough into a floured round cake pan. Make a cross in the center top with a knife to keep fairies from ruining the bread, and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with jam, butter and strong tea. Fairies prefer theirs with milk.
  • 2
    Much folklore surrounds St. Patrick's Day. Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday today. One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. This stems from an Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three- leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity of Christian dogma. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day; though why we wear green on this day is less clear. St. Patrick's Day came to America in 1737, the date of the first public celebration of the holiday in Boston.

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