February 10, 2013
My first grade son was recently asked to write up a favorite family recipe to share with his class. The minute I heard this my mind began scanning the many recipes that he might deem worthy. While selecting just one recipe seemed daunting to me, he quite simply stated, “I will share the recipe for Grandma’s Cinnamon Bread.” The special bread that my mom makes for him when he stays at her home.
This made me think, it is the children of the family that ultimately decide which recipes will live on. Perhaps this is because in childhood every moment seems larger than life. The meals we eat, the people who prepare them for us, the experiences we have in our youth become the foundation of our life. In truth, if I think of my own favorite family recipes, they are the ones fell in love with as a child, the Swedish Cardamom Bread at our holiday table, my grandmother’s Royal Danish Soup, or my mother’s spaghetti sauce that I could never get enough of. Now matter how much I might enjoy a new recipe that I develop or come across as an adult, they never hold the same place in my heart as those I loved as a child. And also, without the enthusiastic blessing of my children, the recipe never will become a new family favorite.
Grandma’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a not too sweet bread with a perfect cinnamon spiral through the center. It is delicious on its own, but my favorite way to eat it is toasted with butter. It also makes a special French Toast. The recipe makes two loaves. The bread freezes well. If you slice the bread first, it is easy to grab a slice to toast for an easy breakfast.
So, what is your favorite family recipe? Tell us in the comments below and leave a link if there is one! This post was submitted to Yeastspotting.