Top of the Mornin’!

Irish soda bread


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! In high school, part of my student council responsibilities included fundraising. My junior and senior years, I led the March of Dimes walk-a-thon team and coordinated coin drive contests between the classes. This provided a great chance to be on the morning announcements daily, and of course, because I was far too secure and far too silly, I did these announcements in an Irish brogue, pretending to be the Lucky Charms leprechaun. By the end, I usually had the principal laughing so hard at me (and with me) that she had to stop for a moment before she could finish with the lunch menu. Some 3,000 kids at my high school and I’m doing an Irish comedy act on the morning announcements; my mother wondered why finding a prom date from a different school was really the only option.

Irish Soda Bread


Of course, still overly secure and equally silly, I am wearing a green dress today and passing out the loaves of Irish Soda Bread I baked for our One Yard Wonder + Recipe Challenge. Even with matching correspondence, this seems like a lurch toward normalcy by comparison. I added cranberries, cinnamon and pepitas to the recipe. I’m not a huge fan of the messy, knotty loaves, but they smelled amazing coming out of the oven. Next time, I’ll bake them in a bread pan.

Irish Soda Bread, packaged

It’s a good thing you love your friends a green shade of ridiculous, lassie.

Wishing you luck and rainbows (in marshmallow form),


4 Replies to “Top of the Mornin’!”

  1. So, I got the buttermilk and everything to make this bread and, as of yet, have not. Oh well. Maybe this weekend?

    Since I hardly deal in St Patrick’s Day, it matters little to me. But I do smile knowing that YOU are out in your green dress spreading appropriate cheer (luck? drunkenness? what do people “spread” on this day?).

    Good tip on the loaves…

  2. Did your bread fall apart when you cut it? Mine turned out really tasty, but I think I should have kneaded or stirred it a little bit more to make it come together.

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