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Irish Soda Bread

3 cups all purpose
¼ cup evaporated cane juice (sugar)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mixture of raisins, cranberries and currants, chopped
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed or powdered
4 tablespoons super cold butter, cut into little pieces
1 ¼ cups buttermilk
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400.
Grease a large cast iron skillet or a 10 inch cake pan.

Transfer the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl, whisk together. Add the butter and mix briefly with fingers, incorporating the butter. Add the raisins mixture, zest and fennel seeds and mix well. Mix the buttermilk and egg together in a small bowl and whisk well and refrigerate until needed (the key is to have this liquid as cold as possible) Add the liquid slowly to the dry mixture while mixing it with a fork. Once all the liquid is incorporated, gently mix everything with your fingers and form an 8 inch round loaf and transfer to the cast iron skillet or cake pan. Mark the top with an ‘X’ with a knife about ½ inch deep.
Bake for 20 minutes in the oven and check if the top is getting too brown. If it is, then top with aluminum foil and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes. Take out of oven and keep the foil on till it cools off.

Apple Cranberry Bread with Orange Zest

Apple Cranberry Bread with Orange Zest

  • 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup extra light olive oil
  • ¾ cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups grated apples
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest

Heat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan and keep aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Keep aside. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add one egg at a time mixing in between. Add the grated apples, cranberries and orange zest and mix well. With a rubber spatula mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated.
Transfer the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan for 5 minutes before taking it out. Cool completely before serving.

Apple Cranberry Salad

Apple Cranberry Salad

Starting to think about Thanksgiving favorite time of year. This is a great, simple salad to start off the big meal…

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 large honey crisp apple, sliced thin
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  • 1 large navel orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a small bow, add the orange juice, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk well and slowly drizzle the olive oil until thick and incorporated.

In a large bowl, add the greens, apples and cranberries. Add half of the dressing and mix well right before serving.

Cranberry and Orange Trifle

So, Valentine’s Day is on Saturday. I though I would do a few desserts this week. I am not a huge Valentine’s Day celebrator.. but any I will take any excuse to make a great meal and an amazing dessert. So here is my favorite- a trifle.. well, why not??

Orange Curd (Recipe from Food and Wine)

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

In a small heavy saucepan, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk in the sugar, then whisk in the citrus juices and zests. Add the butter and whisk constantly over moderately low heat until the mixture thickens, about 8 minutes; do not let it boil. Immediately strain the curd into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd and cut 6 small steam vents in the plastic. Refrigerate the curd overnight.

Cranberry Filling

  • 12 ounces bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Transfer cranberries, orange juice and sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or till the cranberries have burst open. Turn the heat off and add the extract. Mix well and refrigerate. Take a quarter cup of the cranberries out for garnish.

  • 1 packaged or homemade pound cake, cut in slices
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Whip the cream, mascarpone cheese and sugar with an electric beater till the stiff peaks are formed while being careful not to over whip.

Assemble the trifle by starting with lining the bottom of the bowl with one part of the cake slices (divide the cake slices into three parts). Divide the cranberry filling into three parts and spread one part over the cake. Divide the orange curd into three parts and spread one part over the cranberry filling. Repeat twice more and top with the whipped cream. Garnish with the cranberries. Chill in the fridge, preferably overnight.


Homemade Chocolate Granola- Perfect Holiday Gift

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup flaxseed meal
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup oat bran
  • ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1½ cups mixed dried blueberries, cranberries, cherries, etc
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl add the oats, flaxseed meal, wheat germ, oat bran, coconut, almonds, walnuts and the dried fruit.

In a large measuring cup, add the olive oil, honey, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Heat in the microwave for a minute to liquefy the mixture and mix well.
Add the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.

On a large lined cookie sheet or two small cookie sheets, spread the granola mixture, smoothing the surface evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and separate with a fork while the mixture is still warm. Once the mixture cools off, add the chocolate chips. If you want the chocolate to melt all into the granola, add the chips while the mixture is still warm.
Eat with milk, coffee or on its own.


Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce It seems to be kind of an orange theme this Thanksgiving. This easy, easy cranberry sauce from scratch is delicious and very quick to make. For those of you who traditionally open a can, please make this as well!

  • 1 dry quart cranberries
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 navel orange segments
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, adobo sauce, smoke paprika and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or till the berries begin to split open and the sauce thickens. Taste for seasonings and cool in the fridge. Add the orange segments and cilantro once the sauce is chilled. Serve with turkey.