However, when it comes to cooking corned beef there really is only one good choice. This St. Patrick’s Day choose the brisket designated “flat-cut”. The flat cut vs the point cut is leaner and slices perfectly. The point cut may have a bit more flavor due to all that fat, but the meat will shred on you and no one wants shredded corn beef unless you are making hash.
And here is another tip for making a delicious St. Patty’s feast. Make a spirited glaze to flavor the meat. Let’s be honest, boiled meat, no matter how much pickling spice you use, lacks flavor. It needs a boost, so this glaze is what I recommend.
Years ago my friend, Tina, of the blog Epicuricloud, posted a St. Patrick’s dinner as featured in a Cuisine At Home magazine. The recipe included a whiskey glaze. Spirited and easy to make the glaze offers the corned beef a depth of flavor that it so desperately needs. To add to the party I choose an Irish whiskey to make it a bit more authentic, but you can make your own choice.
Not an Irish bone in my body, but that is no reason not to share this spirited recipe with you. Naturally, this easy quick bread flavored with caraway seed (you know it from rye bread) and Irish whiskey soaked golden raisins is anything, but traditional. Unlike more authentic soda bread this one is less crusty and more moist. Thanks to a mix of buttermilk, baking soda and baking powder it rises nicely with lots of airy buttery nooks and crannies.
I like to use an ice cream scoop to dollop the batter into the pan. It creates the look of the more traditional soda bread and outlines the portions almost like a pan of pull apart rolls. Of course you can just pour the batter right into the pan and slice into wedges.
Heat oven 375F. Lightly grease 9-inch round cake pan. In small bowl, toss raisins with whiskey; set aside. In medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Grate butter on the large holes of a box grater into flour mixture; mix with a fork until butter is fully coated with dry ingredients and looks crumbly. Stir in caraway seeds. In small bowl, whisk eggs until well blended; reserve 1 tablespoon in another small bowl. Whisk buttermilk into remaining egg; stir into flour mixture along with raisins and whiskey. Stir mixture just until dry ingredients are all moistened. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into prepared pan with 9 scoops around edge of the pan and 3 scoops in the center. Drizzle reserved egg over the top and spread with the back of a spoon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Invert onto a plate and then invert on to a cooling rack. Serve warm or room temperature.
And until next week here are some words of Irish encouragement:
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!