I hope everyone is getting a good dose of Pepper Up Potion and is on the mend!
Speaking of Potions, I have a little assignment to report:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
Project Name: Luck o' the Irish bread
Brief Description: Found this recipe in a Muggle Magazine: Country Living Magazine (MArch 2015, p. 102). It's called "Clever Clover" and it was pretty tasty! I recommend it, and will definitely make it again.
This recipe made 3 clovers with my slightly smaller cookie cutter.
Takes about an hour from start to finish.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
3 Cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work station
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp fine salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter cut up (you'll want more, softened, for serving later)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup currants
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
(I had to use raisins instead of currants, and I used low-fat buttermilk with no ill effects- it was all I could find in my grocers.)
1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add butter and cut it in with 2 forks or a pastry blender, until well combined. Add raisins, currants, and caraway seeds and stir to combine. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk and sour cream. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
2. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and gather into a ball. Knead until smooth, 8-10 times. Pat into a circle 1 inch thick, cut out 3 hearts using a 3 1/2 heart shaped cookie cutter. Arrange in a clover shape on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
3. Cut a strip of dough 1 inch wide by 3 1/2 inches long from scraps. Attach the stem to the base of your clover to make a stem. Whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon water and brush onto the tops and sides of the clover.
4. Bake until golden brown. Aprox. 26-30 minutes.
5. Serve warm or at room temperature with softened butter.