Thursday, March 17, 2011

Remembering Nana

It has become a tradition that I make my Nana's Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day every year.  Then I had children, and one of them wanted to bring it in to share with his class.  OK, 20 thin slices out of one loaf...hmm, maybe I can make 2 loaves.  Fast-forward 6 years, and Teddy's class now has 34 students!  Add in the one I want to bring into my office, one for a friend we are visiting on Friday, and one for us to enjoy, and that means I need to make six!  (Since Barley doesn't care for any baked bread except pumpkin bread, his class misses out)

As you can see below, every round baking pan in the house was pressed into service (including my cast-iron frying pan--which did not cook long enough).  I know I could bake them in regular rectangular loaf pans, but that just would not look right to me--it's not how my Nana made them.  The picture does not include the one I made for us as a test batch, because that one is already half gone.

The recipe for her Irish soda bread might have been lost forever if not for my younger brother's wife, who measured out the ingredients while helping Nana to make it one day (Thanks, J!).  Nana didn't use a recipe, nor did she measure.  She just put the flour, etc. in a bowl until it "looked right" and baked it up.

HAPPY St. Patrick's Day!  

May you always have
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!


  1. And a Happy day to you as well.

  2. Might you actually call it soda-BED?? It looks like you did the photog on your bed =)
    Happy Pat's Day
    ~ Little Drummer Girl

  3. Oh, the things we end up doing once tradition starts. Soon enough, you'll be making an even dozen!


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