Happy St. Patrick’s Day

While I was studying in London, I learned the date of St. Patrick’s Day. Our “home” was too far to travel for dinner that evening, but we still had a few hours to kill before our theater doors would open.  A local pub provided food and a “quiet” place to sit and relax for while, or so we thought.  For some reason the date never dawned on us.  We ordered our food, and after a while, noticed that the pub was getting extremely crowded.  Then one of us had the “brilliancy” light bulb flash on, it was St. Patty’s day.  And everyone (I mean EVERYONE) was out celebrating with a pint of Guinness.  After we discovered that we sat back and watched the crowd enjoy their beer and sing Irish folk songs.  I would love to say that we ordered a pint ourselves, but we didn’t.  I do not even think we would have been able to get one with so many people yelling their orders at the bartender.  Then the unthinkable happened!  The Guinness tap stopped working!  A hush fell over the crowd, and people started getting antsy!  The party-ers had their Guinness hats on but no Guinness in their hands.  it was a sad few moments.  Thankfully the bartender was able to fix it and everyone had a few rounds, minus the quiet Southern girls in the  corner booth.  😉  I actually do not remember the show we went to that night or even how we got out, but I will never forget the date of St. Patty’s day!
This recipe is inspired by the Guinness Chocolate Cake.
I thought St. Patty’s day’s menus would be wonderful with this scones recipe on it.  My mom shared a tea website that has many St. Patty’s day tea ideas!!!  Also Tea Time magazine has a whole afternoon tea menu planned for the holiday!  If you are like me and have to work on St. Patty’s day, have no fear.  The festivities are throughout the weekend.  The Southern parades are being held on this coming Saturday.  This morning I will be celebrating the holiday with an Irish Fog (London Fog but with Irish Breakfast tea) Latte and a Guinness Scone!  I hope you will join me!

Guinness Chocolate Scones 

1 ¾ cups flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons butter, cubed and chilled
½ cup Guinness
⅓ cup half and half
1 egg lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt.  Cut in the butter until it is about the size of peas.  In a separate bowl, mix together the Guinness, half and half, and egg.  Add that to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.  On a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, drop the dough into about 2-3 tablespoon increments.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Makes 12-16 scones.

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One Response to Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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