This is being submitted for the Daily Prompt: Smell You Later

The assignment:  Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you.  Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSPORTED.

My mother immigrated from Ireland in the late 1950s and still today is truly Irish in so many ways.  Growing up, my home life was Irish.  My mom’s Irish accent somewhat influenced the way I spoke when I entered public school.  After all, what are a child’s influences before she is school age, the home.  The music of Ireland was heard nearly every day in my home.  I bet I knew about The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem before I heard of the Beatles.

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem in the 1960s.

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem in the 1960s.

I know my siblings and I didn’t appreciate the music while we lived it; however I have a strong appreciation for it today.

Of all the “Irish” influences on me, I think the aroma of my mom’s soda bread baking is the strongest.   My mom still makes it often and I started making it myself a few years ago.  I can almost smell it now as I am writing this.  Whatever gift my mom had for a person, it would also include a cake of her bread.  I don’t have any photographs of the bread but this from google images looks perfect.  Just take a slice, warm it up and spread on the butter.  Heavenly.

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins


1                        Stick of Butter or Margarine

4-cups              Flour

1-cup                Sugar

1-cup                Brown Sugar

1-cup                Currants

1-tsp.                Baking Soda

1-tsp.                Salt

1-tsp.                Vanilla Extract

1-tsp.                Rum Extract (optional)

1-tsp.                Brandy Extract (optional)

1-tbsp.              Cinnamon

1-tbsp.              Nutmeg

3                        Eggs

Buttermilk (this is not an exact measurement (see below)

On occasion, we have substituted the rum and brandy extract with Irish whiskey)

You can also eliminate the currants and use more raisins or different types of raisins.  My daughter had me use craisins once and it was pretty good.

Preheat oven 350. Combine all ingredients (except eggs and buttermilk) in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add eggs and enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. Place dough onto a floured surface and knead well. Form into round cakes lo fit onto round cake or pie pans. This will most likely make 2 cakes. The pie or cake pans should be greased and floured. Bake at 350 for approximately 35-40 minutes. (Test center with toothpick or knife).

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