We checked in with Fran Fischer of Castle Valley Mills to find out how she would use their locally milled flours to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a loaf of Irish Soda Bread. She told us "I don’t have a drop of Irish blood and have never made this!". Still, Fran sought out some recipes for us online and said "I like the Ina Garten one since it looks more flavorful. The All Recipes one is very basic. The Epicurious looks a little more interesting. For all 3 I would recommend the Soft Whole Wheat or Spelt Flour. The loaves will be a little heartier than the ones pictured since there’s no bran in the commercial AP flour."
We hope that one of these helps brighten up your celebration. In any case, if all else fails, just grab a bag of flour and make the best pancakes you've ever eaten with the recipe you'll find here, at Castle Valley Mill's website. And we promised Fran we'd check back in with her when it was time to make Norwegian Christmas Bread!