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The Dish: Porter Cake

If you’re like me, you’re over the bar scene associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Skip the green beer this year and make yourself a proper Irish breakfast. Pour a nice cup of Irish Breakfast tea or better yet an Irish coffee and enjoy a slice of Porter Cake.

If you’re interested in a true Irish breakfast check out this guide to a proper fry up. For other Irish recipes and many more featured on The Dish check out the Pinterest board where I pin my inspirations for all the recipes you enjoy each week.

This cake tastes even better when its had a week or so to let the flavors meld.

Porter Cake

1 cup butter, at room temp
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pie spice
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups mixed dried fruit (golden raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, currants, chopped apricots, etc…)
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2/3 cup stout, such as Guinness

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and line the bottom of an 8 inch round cake pan with parchment paper or grease a bundt pan.

In a bowl, sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and spice. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time adding a 1/4 cup flour with each egg. Beat well after each addition. Mix well and add remaining flour. Add stout until batter is a soft consistency. Add fruit and nuts and mix well.

Scrape mixture into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 300°F and bake for another 1-1 1/2 hours until the top springs back when touched and skewer comes out clean. Cool cake in pan.

*If baking in a bundt pan cook cake for 45 minutes at 325°F, reduce temp to 300°F and cook for another 30 minutes.

When cool, turn out cake and remove paper if using a cake pan. Wrap in parchment paper and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

You can eat it right away but it tastes best when it has had up to a week to let the flavors mellow and meld. Enjoy spread with butter alongside a hot cup of Irish Breakfast tea.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

It’s the second week of March, and that means Spring Training and St. Patrick’s Day in the same weekend. We wish your liver good luck as you navigate through all of the great community events going on in the Valley. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #sl5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Chicago Fest

Little Chicago, better known as Mesa when it’s not Spring Training time, is hosting an homage to the Windy City this weekend. Grab your Cubs gear, mingle with fellow Chicagoans and nosh on delicious dogs and pizza. Friday, March 14, noon to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mesa Riverview, $10 adv, $15 dos, chicagofestaz.com

 

Liquid Sol Music Festival

This inaugural music festival is a ’90s fan’s dream team — from Blind Melon to Everclear, the Gin Blossoms, All American Rejects and Train.Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sportsman’s Park, University of Phoenix Stadium, $59 to $189, liquidsolfest.com

 

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run

Unless you plan to river dance off those calories from corned beef and cabbage stew washed down with a few pints of green beer, we recommend you register for this 1k, 4k, 8k or 17k fun run. Saturday, March 15, 7 a.m. to noon, Westgate Entertainment District, $10 to $45, irishrunaz.com

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire

Hear the sound of bagpipers in the distance? Then you’re near this annual celebration of Irish culture. The shenanigans include floats, step dancers, crafts, music, a kids area and most likely a lot of green! Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Margaret T. Hance Park, $8 to $10 (kids under 12 get in free), phxirish.org

 

The Great Bridal Expo

So he liked it and wants to put a ring on it? Join hundreds of to-be brides at this touring expo of everything you need (or didn’t know you needed) for the big day. It’s basically a one-stop shop for couples who want to check as many things off their to-do list with one go. Don’t miss the fashion show! Sunday, March 16, noon, Phoenix Convention Center, free (must RSVP online), greatbridalexpo.com

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Thirsty Thursday: The Paddy Bomb

Once a year, the words “going green” don’t refer to sustainable life choices. We’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day. When the beer taps run shades of emerald and glittery hues of Ireland are pasted up in every bar in town.

Today’s “Thirsty Thursday” can be whipped up in a pinch for this special drinking holiday.

The Paddy Bomb is just one of the many Irish themed drinks that Tilted Kilt will be serving up this St. Patrick’s Day (that’s Monday, March 17).

A crowd favorite, a Paddy Bomb turns green within seconds as Three Olives Orange Vodka and Blue Curacao are dropped into a half pint of Red Bull. The restaurant will also be offering a variety of beers on tap, Irish whiskey, shooters, bombers and brilliant bevvie’s.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Tilted Kilt will be hosting parties across the country and will feature the Irish Hooley Menu in addition to the Tilted Kilt beauties in traditional Scottish kilts, green beer and other festivities. Visit their website for deets.