Céad míle fáilte romhat!
In case you are wondering, that means, “A hundred thousand welcomes”. It’s an old Irish phrase I learned this month for our Irish Pub Night.
Oh, Irish Pub Night. Thank you everybody who came! We had a fantastic day cooking for all 28 of you, and you helped us raise $368 for The Warm Zone! It all took place on Friday, March 18 in my parents’ house (Thanks Dad & Mom!).
Our guests walked in the door and picked one of three tables to sit at. We didn’t decorate much, but the feel was casual pub with communal tables. Everyone helped themselves to our homemade soda bread with delicious salmon spread. Once they emptied the baskets we started bringing out the main: Boxty (a potato pancake) with thyme roasted pork tenderloin, saffron infused corn and Guinness gravy. Before we knew it, it was dessert time so we set out our warm apple cake served with Bailey’s cream and whipped cream. We also had warm rice pudding with a homemade raspberry preserve, and a sweet walnut tart with maple and homemade caramel sauce.
I am posting the apple cake recipe below, because it was a big hit- and we had guests come back for 2nds and 3rds of this!
We love to cook for our gluten free and vegetarian friends as well, so we made gluten free soda bread, gluten free/vegetarian gravy, sautéed mushrooms instead of the pork, and our rice pudding was gluten free, but also for everybody to enjoy.
We played lots of traditional Irish music, but everybody was talking and laughing so much, it was hard to hear the music. I’m thinking that was a great problem to have! We are so happy everyone enjoyed themselves, and as always, we are looking forward to next months’ dinner. Look for the announcement coming soon.
4 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 apples, cored, peeled & diced into ½”-1” chunks
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
½ + 1/3 cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
Preheat your oven to 350°. Prepare a greased 8” square pan.
Beat butter and sugar together. Add the egg and beat until smooth and pale.
Stir in the cut apples and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients over the apple mixture. Mix well and spoon into the pan. Sprinkle some white sugar over top to give a nice crunch and colour on top.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until your toothpick tests clean. Serve warm with whipped cream.
*Optional: Mix some icing sugar with Bailey’s cream and drizzle over the warm cake.