I remember being in elementary school and every year in the beginning of March my teachers would have fun activities planned out to get our imaginations running. It was fun to see the class room decorated in green and gold,hearing old wise tales of pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Even creating traps to see if we can catch a glimpse of this magical creature! I remember having to write my own story about what I’d do if I found a leprechauns pot of gold.
In Irish mythology, a leprechaun is a type of male fairy said to inhabit the island of Ireland. Leprechauns like to partake in mischief acts.Fooling and stealing from others to add to their many treasures throughout the years.But their most cherished is their pot of gold coins. Most work as a cobbler or shoemaker. They are said to be very rich, having many treasures buried during war-time. It is said if a human was to get a hold of one of these treasures a leprechaun must grant a wish to the holder.Leprechauns are not known for their food; they get by on mushrooms, some nuts, and various wild flowers,but will try anything that looks tasty and smells delicious.Especially if it has the colors green (For the four leaf clover) or Gold (For the gold coins). But they’ll generally concoct different beverages for their consumption. In the after noon, most leprechauns,love a good, rich brew of dandelion tea.
So,I decided to take all that I knew about Leprechauns and get creative in my own way of catching one. 🙂
We made creamy lime bars (Added green food coloring for the filling) to attracted our Leprechaun and the aroma was so sweet and zesty that I was sure we’d get a bit!
1 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cold
Preheat oven to 350.
To make the crust, combine the confectioners sugar, flour and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter and work with your fingers until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Press into a greased nine inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
Milly had fun getting getting her hands floury.
for creamy lime filling—
2/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tsp lime zest
green food coloring (enough to produce desired green color)
To make the filling, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the zest, lime juice and enough green food coloring to produce desired green color (but not enough to make your filling neon! watch out) and mix until everything is smooth and combined.
Pour filling over hot crust and return to oven to bake for another twenty minutes. When done, the filling will no longer jiggle. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing and dusting with powdered sugar.
I also made a Golden topping. 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 cup powdered sugar. Add yellow food coloring til desired color.
Mommy was in the Irish spirit!!:)
While we waited,we DANCED!http://youtu.be/vS_mT_hkbA0
The next morning,
we found little green foot prints and gold glitter trails on the walls and staircase leading to the box.Even found a rainbow!
Recipe adapted from http://www.eatliverun.com/creamy-lime-squares/