Easy Irish Brown Bread
I can’t take full credit for this recipe. I found this version of Irish Brown Bread and I “American-ized”* it. But, in the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, I wanted to pay tribute to a small piece of my heritage.
Until late last year, I assumed I was predominately German. That’s what my parents had told me since I was old enough to understand what ancestry was. I believed them since my last name was Spiegel (meaning “mirror” in German). My mother’s maiden name meant “people” in German and her mother’s maiden name was Sauer (as in ‘kraut).
However, for my birthday, I asked my Dad for the 23 and Me Health and Ancestry assessment. I assumed he’d laugh at the request since it was a little outside the box. (Normally, I ask for a handbag I can’t afford). To my surprise and delight, he obliged. And was so excited about it, he participated, too.
His results came back first. We were all a bit stunned to learn he was 32% British and Irish. But, I guess most of us whose predecessors emigrated from Western Europe are a little bit of everything.
But this meant that some percentage of my DNA was also Irish. I was ecstatic! Finally, I can say “Kiss Me. I’m Irish!” and mean it.
When the email came with my results, I could hardly wait to open it! It turns out, I am 55% German and 10% Irish. The remainder of my DNA is classified as “broadly European.” I’ll admit I was hoping there would be some shocking surprise in my DNA, like African or Asian. But, no. I still wasn’t disappointed, though. It was fun to learn about my ancestors’ journey to today.
Have you ever researched your ancestry? Did you learn anything new, interesting or shocking? I can’t tell you the number of stories I’ve heard about people locating lost family members or discovering half-siblings. It’s amazing!
Anyway, to honor that 10% of my heritage, I present American-ized Irish Brown Bread. Enjoy!
* I used whole wheat flour rather than the traditional Irish flour, which is a red wheat and is coarse ground. The Irish use treacle; I used molasses.