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St. Patrick’s Day Parade pocket snacks.

You possibly may need sunglasses for the picture, but St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us and here’s hoping we will need them instead of umbrellas for the parades as usual here.  Although there’s been no baking in the cottage this week because of my wisdom teething woes, I roadtested this recipe today thinking they would be the perfect pocket snack for standing watching our local St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Despite sweets being thrown or ‘fecked’ amongst the crowd and little ones scrambling for them while adults duck for fear of a humbug black eye, sugar can only sustain for so long.  Luckily, my children are still young enough to think lots of tractors driving down the main street is fascinating (envious of their friends who get to sit on the tractors with their Daddies) and also that open floats with a few sods of turf and bales of hay cool and exciting.  We may have to travel to the ‘Big Smoke’ or Galway in the future to the major festivals, but these local small, quaint parades are the backbone of Ireland and a celebration of our rural  and small town communities.  

A bag full of baby doughnuts will be much appreciated when there is a long delay and lull between marching minions of children and local clubs during the parade, and when we are standing waving over the road at neighbours with teeth chattering in the bitter march winds. Delays are always guaranteed for various and different reasons each year, it could be a  middle-aged lady from the local belly dancing troupe spinning herself into delirium and tripping over her sarong, but I do admire her courage. Or a young hurler from the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) swinging his hurl too high during marching and whacks the fella beside him with it ‘accidentally’, but wails it has nothing to do with the dirty tackle from last weeks training.  Or either, the retired farmer with his John Brown vintage tractor pausing and scratching his bald head with cap in hand, swearing he put oil in his stalled relic of a vehicle that morning and wondering why it broke down smoking and choking the bystanders.  The trail of oil it left down the street may have been a clue though?  All in all, I’m looking forward to the unintended ‘Murphys Law’ humour on the street this year, which would never be possible without the voluntary committees around Ireland who work tirelessly on limited budgets each year, to bring us an authentic Irish memorable experience. 

Baby Baked Doughnuts

makes 12

4 oz plain flour

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 oz caster sugar

1 tsp melted butter

1 tsp baking powder

3 fl oz full fat milk

1 large free-range egg

pinch salt

To Do

Pre-heat oven to 160C.

Put a small drop of oil into each well wipe around to coat.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and beat until well mixed.

Pour into doughnut wells, filling to about 3/4 full.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Cool and decorate as you wish or coat with caster sugar.

Enjoy and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sheelagh x