Irish Soda Bread Pudding

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Since this post falls on a holiday, I decided to figure something out that could be made with leftovers of traditional foods people might be cooking today.  Last year our bonus post for March was a basic Irish Soda Bread.  I delved a bit into the history of the bread and my version stuck to the more historic recipes, just flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk.  One of my favorite things to do with leftover bread is make bread pudding.  Perfect for a simple dessert or even breakfast (along with some corned beef hash!)

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Meyer Lemon Bars with Pistachio Ginger Crust

Meyer lemon season is coming to an end soon, so let’s take advantage and squeeze out every bit of fragrant lemony-ness we can.  Pistachios and ginger pair extremely well with lemon, and are the prominent flavors in the buttery crust of these bars.  The filling uses both the juice and zest to get the most Meyer lemon flavor.  A simple glaze of confectioners’ sugar and more Meyer lemon juice tops it all off, along with a dusting of chopped pistachios to give it a salty crunchy balance.  And don’t worry.  We’ve got gluten free and whole wheat variations covered.  So go ahead, raise a glass (or lemon bar) to another citrus season.

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Pate a Choux Dough – Eclairs

Like so many, I have become absolutely obsessed with The Great British Bake Off.  My husband and I began binge watching it over the Christmas holiday and have now completed five seasons.  We are completely hooked and it has awoken in me a deep desire to bake every possible French pastry or classic British dessert.  A quick text was sent to Carmi and the questions were posed, first, “are you watching British Bakeoff?” second, “What do you think about trying out a few of these classic recipes and show how easy they are with the right tools (Ankarsrum Mixer)?” Lucky for everyone Carmi was completely on board so be on the lookout this year for some classic desserts.

With that said, our first offering is one I was excitedly nervous to try. Pate a Choux (pronounced Shoo) is the pastry dough used for several different creations. Cream Puffs, Profiteroles and today’s recipe, Eclairs.  I really struggled in deciding if this needed to be a recipe that went live before Valentine’s or should we stay on our predetermined timeline.  Clearly I chose to stay on our regular schedule and that was because I was excited to let you know our plans for the year. With that said, lets dive right in!

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