My sister and I were in 4-H, and Mom was our breads project leader for years. Because of that early training, fresh homemade bread like this is a staple in my own kitchen.
-Karen Wingate, Coldwater, Kansas
Usually, I don't get much of an immediate response from people when I serve this. They're too busy eating it! Poppy Seed Roll really brings the light to my husband's eyes. He prefers it over any birthday cake I could bake.
I like to serve this bread as a just-right, not-too-sweet dessert. And i always offer a glass of cold milk, too—my husband's part of a family dairy!
THIS easy-to-make bread goes well with a salad luncheon or a casserole dinner. But I especially like to serve it with spaghetti and pasta dishes. The cheese topping is its crowning glory!
-Elaine Mundt, Detroit, Michigan
THIS RECIPE came all the way from Tipperary, Ireland, where my great-grandmother lived.
I have eaten Irish Soda Bread in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, but none compare with what my grandmother made for St. Patrick's Day.
-Anne Flanagan, Laguna Hills, California
Refrigerated crescent rolls and caramel ice cream topping make these yummy, gooey treats a snap to assemble. I used to whip up a huge panful for our kids when they were growing up...now our grandchildren love them, too. They are easy to reheat in the microwave for a speedy snack. —Jeannette Westphal
Gettysburg, South Dakota
"This moist loaf is the perfect choice for people who don't like the candied fruits that go into traditional fruitcake," assures Diane Hixon from her home in Niceville, Florida. "Each slice is chock-full of goodies, so they'll think that you fussed when you haven't."
When I make this bread, I almost always have to bake two loaves so that everyone gets a taste!
It's especially good in the winter. In fact, last year when we went to a Christmas buffet at my husband's aunt's house—with a hearty soup as the main course—I took a Reuben Loaf along. It looks so pretty sliced and arranged on a platter, too.
My husband and I are crop farmers with three young children. Cooking—especially baking—is one of the ways I relax, and I also enjoy sewing.