Irish Month - Irish Stew and Irish Soda Bread

Irish Stew - Serves 4
I cook mine in the crock pot.
1 lb Stew meat - Traditional Lamb (substitute with beef)
4 tbsp Flour
1 onion chopped
3 carrots sliced
3 medium or 5 small white potatoes cut into quarters
1/2 tsp dried Thyme
1 1/2 pints beef broth (substitute half liquid with Guinness Stout-optional)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parley
Salt and Pepper

Brown meat. Add meat, veggies and liquid to crock pot. Stir in seasoning and place on high for two hours. Then turn to low for 4-5 hours. About an hour before serving remove some of the liquid and mix with flour until thick and smooth and poor into the stew. Stir thoroughly and it will thicken the last out of cooking. Serve with Guinness and Soda Bread. 

Irish Soda Bread
Makes 1 Loaf
Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. 
Take a round cake pan and oil it and then dust with flour. 
2 cups Flour (plus some for dusting)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
14 oz Buttermilk
Dried Cranberries or Raisins (Optional)

Mix, flour, salt, and soda in a glass bowl. Then make a bowl in the flour mixture pour most of the buttermilk in and mix with hands until sticky. 
Dust a little more flour and buttermilk. Then rub your hands with flour and spread flour on pastry mat and then knead the dough into a round dough and put in the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown on the top. Let cool for a couple minutes but serve warm. 

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