Tag Archives: Baking

Eats ‘n’ Treats: Irish Soda Bread

By Richard Sanchez

Welcome back to the latest edition of Eats n Treats! Keeping the St Patty’s Day spirit throughout the month, today’s recipe is for IRISH SODA BREAD (If you’d like to look at more amazing recipes, please feel free to check out allrecipes.com).

•This recipe will take a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes, containing only 172 calories, 8 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of protein.

•For today’s recipe you will need:

4 cups of flour, ½ cup of margarine (softened), 4 tablespoons of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of

baking soda, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of buttermilk, 1 egg;

•Separately, you need a brush mixture of  ¼ stick of melted butter and ¼ cup of buttermilk. In 4 easy steps you’ll have yourself a springy loaf waiting for you and your foodies to enjoy.


Lightly grease a large baking sheet and preheat your oven to 375 degrees F


Grab a large bowl and mix in the flour, softened margarine, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Take the dough out of the bowl. Create a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form the dough into a circle and place into your greased baking sheet.


Combine your separate ¼ cup of buttermilk with your melted butter in a separate small bow. Brush your loaf with the mixture then cut an X on top of your loaf.


Place the loaf in your preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, once the time is up let the round cool for 10 to 30 minutes. While the bread is baking you should use your mixture to brush over it while in the oven.

And voila! your tasty soda bread is done and you are ready for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

And with that I’ll see y’all in the next issue of The Shoemaker Bugle. Stay safe out there, people.

Eats & Treats: Homemade Cookies for the Holidays

By Destiny Padilla

With the holiday season approaching, the mouthwatering desserts catch my attention! Brownies, cookies, pies… the more the merrier! Here’s a delicious Christmas cookie recipe you can make at home.


For this recipe you will need…

  • 1 and ½ cups of flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch 
  • 1 cup red and green M&Ms
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Follow these quick and easy directions for the tasty cookies!

Step 1) In a bowl, cream together the sugars and room temperature butter until fluffy and light. 

Step 2) Next, mix in the vanilla extract and the egg. 

Step 3) Once everything is mixed, pour in the dry ingredients and the M&Ms, and mix until everything is combined. 

Step 4) When finished mixing, put portions of tablespoon sized cookie dough balls onto a baking pan and put them in the freezer for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you are waiting.

Step 5) After 10 minutes, put the pan of cookie dough balls in the oven and bake at 350F for approximately 11 minutes.

Step 6) Eat the cookies and enjoy!

Eats and Treats

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Marshmallow Cheesecake

By Richard Sanchez

This season’s Eats and Treats is Spooky Marshmallow Cheesecake. With the help from your friendly ghost Casper, let’s spook the crowd and have something cheesy.

This delectable treat takes 30 minutes to prepare, 1 hour and 30 minutes to bake, and 2 hours to chill and set.

Casper’s favorite treat has 479 calories, 30 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturates, 48 grams of carbs, 37 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 0.6 grams of salt.

Items needed to begin your baking adventure are:

  • 300 g of cream-filled chocolate sandwich biscuits
  • 75 g melted butter
  • 180 g white mini marshmallows
  • 50 ml milk
  • 500 g full fat soft cheese
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • For the ghost you need: 2 egg whites, 200 g caster sugar, and black writing icing.


Start off with using a food processor or blender to turn the biscuits into fine crumbs. Pour your melted butter in with crumbs and blitz to combine them. Line a loose bottom cake tin with baking parchment. Pour crumb mixture into cake tin and press the mixture against the base and sides of the tin. Leave the tin in the fridge to chill while you make your filling.


Put your marshmallows and milk into a sauce pan and put it on low-medium heat and stir until the marshmallows are melted. Let it cool down for a few minutes.


Place your soft cheese, cream, and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk. Pour your warm marshmallow mixture in with your previous mixture and mix until smooth again. Remove your chilled biscuit base from the fridge and scrape your filling in, smooth the top and chill for 2 hours.


Heat your oven to 250 degrees, line a baking tray with baking parchment, put egg whites in a large clean bowl with a pinch of salt and whisk till foamy. Beat 1 tbsp of sugar into your meringue and make sure it holds soft peaks.


Spoon your meringue into a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle and add your ghost to the top of the cheese cake. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes then let it cool.


When the meringue is cool, use your icing to carefully draw faces on your ghosts. Carefully remove the cheesecake from your tin and place on a plate or cake stand. You should keep the cake in the fridge for up to 2 days to let it all set but you can eat it once you’re finished.

Voila! You have created your very own spooky cheesecake to launch off this Halloween season, I hope you enjoy and make sure to look forward to next quarter’s recipe. If you are curious about any other Halloween recipes such as this, check out BBC Good Food.com.

This is RS signing off, Stay safe out there people. 

A Treat for Your Valentine: Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Joseph Kilis

This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself (and a loved one) to some of the best cookies you’ve ever tried. These cookies could impress any crush, or be a great treat to eat alone. My family has made many memories through this recipe, from highs and lows, and holidays. Here’s what you’ll need:

> 1 ½  Cups Butter (softened)

> 1 Cup Granulated Sugar

> 1 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)

> 2 Eggs (Large)

> 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

> 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

> 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

> 1 Teaspoon Salt

> 1 Package (6 Ounces) of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


> 1 Cup Chopped Nuts (Pecans or Walnuts are Preferred)

> Additional Salt for Topping

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ or 190℃. 
  2. Take Softened Butter, Granulated Sugar, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Extract, and Eggs and mix in a large bowl. Once the mixture is done, it should take on a creamy or fluffy texture.
  3. Once you have creamed those ingredients, add the flour. Do this in increments of three, to fully spread the flour within your wet ingredients. After combining flour with the wet mixture, add the Baking Soda and Salt. Mix until combined.
  4. You’re almost done! Now, add in your Chocolate Chips, and Nuts if preferred. Mix until these ingredients are fully incorporated.
  5. After greasing your cookie sheets, take a big spoon (preferably about a tablespoon) of dough, roll it into a ball using your hands, and place it on the sheet.
  6. Placing them about three inches apart, you should have a total of about six cookies per cookie sheet.
  7. Once the oven is preheated, place cookies onto the middle rack, and bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until you see a golden color around the edges of the cookie.
  8. After baking, immediately add a small sprinkle of salt to the top of each cookie. Let cookies sit, preferably on cooling racks, for about another 8-10 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!