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March 2015 A Note from Marcy

Hearth-warming, Classic Irish Soda Bread. After Best Ever Apricot Hamantashen, this is one of my favorite things!

Dear Friends and Fellow Bakers,

Just a short note this month as I’ve been embroiled making (still making) hamantashen! Purim is once a year but oh, what a week of baking it is! Recently, I did a running list of all the fillings I now have created for these amazing pastries. The list includes: Apricot, Cherry, Dried Cranberry, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Apple Caramel, Cherry Cheesecake, Meyer Lemon, Prune, Poppy and Meyer Lemon. I’m pulled between traditional and innovation and it’s a sweet, happy chaos between these two worlds. What dough to use? That’s easy – the Almost Like a Bakery Dough which is on this website and in my cookbook, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking (Whitecap Books 2009). Tomorrow is a day of rest (sort of: it’s my eldest son’s milestone birthday and I am switching gears and making birthday cake and a special dinner) and then Monday morning, after I go swimming, I’ll be baking with a friend or two…yet more hamantashen. I love making them but the real thrill is giving them out to people who are not even expecting a gift but are most deserving (and/or could use a lift).

I’ve been back at tango lately, as well as spinning and adult ballet and working on a new biscotti book. I’ve also been upping my meditation practise, reading and journaling like a fiend, and taking an online course. An online course in what? It’s a secret but if it goes well, I’ll let you know one day. Finally, like anyone in the north east, mostly, I’ve been waiting for spring. I love cosy baking in winter but at this time of year, even I’m ready to say: uncle. Until then, I’ve some recipe treats for you to try, especially hamantashen and some favorite Irish delights in honour of St. Pat’s.

Oh yes – I have another Kindle Countdown this month starting today (March lst) for a discounted price on A Passion for Baking (prices are at the lowest on the first day and the price goes up a bit each day for a week).

Warm wishes,

Marcy Goldman
Author, Master Baker
Est. 1997

Recipes of the Month

FREE Classic Irish Soda Bread

FREE Best Ever Apricot Hamantashen

Chocolate Hamantashen Dough

Double Oatmeal Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Commercial Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Canadian Country Fair Fried Dough

Bailey's Irish Cream Apple Crisp

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