Most people know St. Patrick's Day as a day celebrated by drinking, especially Guinness, Baileys Irish Cream and Irish Whiskey. But at Sunflour Baking Company, we know that a delicious treat with the perfect touch of sweetness is a great way to celebrate any day, and this Irish holiday should be no exception! Whether you want to go more traditional or stick with popular baked goods, want to treat your friends, or need something to nurse a hangover (like vanilla ice cream) from getting a bit too jolly, you'll find plenty of inspiration for celebrating St. Patrick's day with a sweet treat below even though not all of them have green food coloring in them.
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Stick to the Classics: Soda Bread and Shamrocks
Green shamrocks probably come to mind when you think of St. Patrick's Day, Emerald Isle, or Ireland in general. Specifically, you likely think that a green three-leaf clover symbolizes the day better than anything else. But back in Ireland, blue is actually the color of the day! Saint Patrick and his homeland are represented by blue, which is featured in the country's coat of arms. In fact, St. Patrick's Blue is an official color that's still used for the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir robes. You could easily make shamrock sugar cookies, ice them in blue, and delight your guests with this knowledge.
Of course, you can go all out and make Irish soda bread, which goes well with sweet cream butter, or sticky bread pudding with raisins to satisfy your sweet tooth with a classic Irish baked treat when March 17th rolls around. But we understand if you've already got a lot on your plate. If you'd like to treat someone you care about, baked goods are always welcome, even if you don't make them yourself. Adding a card is that secret ingredient that will make your loved ones smile
Stop by Sunflour Baking Company for a Scone or Three
Charlotte residents can stop by our four local bakeries for a light breakfast or lunch and grab some dessert to go. We've done all the heavy lifting with our beloved dessert vegan walnut brownies, but if you want to add a festive touch, you can whip up some Bailey's topping with one cup heavy cream, 3 ounces confectioner's sugar, and two ounces of Bailey's Irish Cream and create the perfect Irish desserts.
Scones are also a great option to recognize the Irish heritage of St. Patrick's Day. Like their English neighbors, the Irish often slather them with cream and jam. But our flavored scones are great on their own, and daily flavors -- available in vegan and gluten-free options, too -- change, so you'll always be pleasantly surprised by the day's offerings. Plus, the little ones love picking out their goodies from the display cases.
We Ship, Too!
Don't worry if you're not local. We're happy to ship certain goodies nationwide! Many people love our cake jars, a rustic and unique take on traditional cupcakes. They might not be as festive as a shamrock, but cake layered with homemade buttercream frosting is always delicious. Speaking of tasty, Sunflour Baking Company's baking mixes don't just make your mouth happy; baking them is fun for the whole family and makes for a great dinner dessert.
We can also ship Pure Intentions Coffee, which is a great starter for Irish coffee! You can skip the Bailey's Irish Cream on the morning after St. Patrick's Day if you've overdone it. Instead, a hot cup of coffee may be just the thing you need to clear your head. But if you want to make it Irish (and we don't just mean adding an unspecified amount of whiskey to your mug), follow the simple recipe below.
Add two teaspoons of light brown sugar in piping hot coffee. Stir to dissolve. Stir in two ounces of whiskey and stir. Top it with whipped cream, and you've got yourself a classic Irish coffee. Chocolate shavings make the drink that much more decadent, and you can pair it with our cream cheese coffee cake or biscotti cookies for a sweet start to your morning (or end of your day). Guests will love it, too.
If you're interested in ordering baked goods, contact us today. The sooner you get your order in, the better. And if you're interested in customizing your cake jars, we'd be happy to discuss that with you, too.
No matter how you celebrate it, have a happy St. Patrick's Day!