This 12" March House Block is part of my Calendar of Houses Bee Quilt. A friend and I organized this on-line bee a couple of years ago after being members of two previous on-line bees.
There were twelve of us in the bee - from the United States as well as England and New Zealand. Every month, each of us made a block for a member and a different member made a block for us. The house design was to represent that month. I absolutely love the Irish castle with the shamrock flag, the rickrack rainbow, the pot of gold, and the leprechaun made for me by an amazing quilter from Kansas. I know she didn't have a pattern - she just made up the design herself. Isn't she wonderfully creative?
Ireland has the perfect climate for raising oats. This recipe comes from my mother, whose grandfather immigrated to America from Ireland when he was 12 years old.
2 packages yeast
½ cup water
2-1/2 to 3 cups flour, divided
1/3 cup sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup milk
¼ cup oil
1.Dissolve yeast in warm water.
2.Mix ¾ cup flour, sugar, salt, and oatmeal in mixer bowl.
3.Stir in milk, oil, egg, and yeast-water mixture.Mix 2 minutes.
4.Add rest of flour as needed.Knead 7 to 10 minutes.
5.Cover and let rise about 45 minutes.
6.Divide dough in half.Pat each half into an 8-inch round greased cake pan.Cut dough with sharp knife into 8 wedges (cut almost to bottom).Let rise 30 minutes.