My grandmother was born and grew up in Ireland. Every year around St. Patrick’s Day, there’s something I like to do to remember “Nana”, and also to help get into the spirit of the holiday!
“Make paper garlands of shamrocks?” (You ask.)
No . . . ( I answer.)
“Go to a St Patrick’s Day parade?” (You guess.)
Nope! ( I smile.)
“C’mon Crystal – just say it!” (You sigh. 😉 )
Well . . . although I also do this at other times of the year, I especially like to do it for St Patrick’s Day.
First, I gather my supplies.
After mixing, kneading, and baking, I have this.
If you have never tasted homemade Irish Bread, you must try it sometime! I do mean homemade though, because the stuff they sell in stores is nothing like real Irish Bread!
Labeling the store version as “Irish Bread” is like comparing a loaf of generic, air-filled, white sandwich bread in a plastic bag to a mouth-watering, home-baked, crusty, loaf of yeast bread.
Here – let me give you some to try, along with a little butter and nice hot cup of tea!
Whenever my grandmother prepared this snack for me, her Irish eyes were smiling. If you are not familiar with it, think of a combination of cake and bread – sweet but with a heavier texture than cake would have, and liberally sprinkled with regular raisins, golden raisins, and caraway seeds. A recipe can be found here.
A wish for you on this St. Patrick’s Day . . .
May your mornings bring joy,
and your evenings bring peace . . .
May your troubles grow less
as your blessings increase!