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Last modified 05/17/10

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- Irish Toast -

Belfast Baps

2 1/2 cups warm water

pinch of salt

pinch of sugar

2 tablespoons active dry yeast

6 1/2 - 7 cups bread flour

rice flour

Place warm water in bowl.Water should be just warm to touch, about 90-100 degrees.Add salt, sugar & yeast.Stir to dissolve the yeast.Let sit about 5 minutes.Add 3 cups of flour and beat until smooth.Gradually add the remaining flour, until dough pulls away from sides of bowl.Knead with a dough hook or by hand, until dough is smooth and elastic.Place in oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.Let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.Punch down and divide into 4 equal pieces.Form each piece into a ball, using rice flour on the board.Place close together on a baking sheet, be sure top is covered with rice flour.Let rise again for about 45 minutes.Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.Convestion baking works well on this bread if you have that option (bake at 375 degrees in that case).Turn the broiler on during the last 5 minutes.But DON'T WALK AWAY!Watch carefully.The top should be a deep brown.Set to cool on rack and listen to the crackle!

Irish Coffee

1 measure (3 cl) of Irish Whiskey

1 teaspoon of raw sugar

1 heaped dessertspoon of whipped cream

Hot strong coffee to fill the glass

Pre-warm a stemmed glass.Add the whiskey.Add the sugar and stir in the coffee.Float the whipped cream on top.Drink the coffee through the cream (is do not stir after adding the cream)