St. Patrick’s Day arrived early this spring. It came, not by leprechaun, but in the person of Steve Hanson. He appeared at our back door bearing the annual loaf of Irish soda bread, a gift that marks the holiday for his family and ours.
The Hansons, Susan and Steve, celebrate Irishness by baking and giving away Susan’s family recipe soda bread, a tradition they’ve maintained for 40 years. What started small, as a neighborhood giveaway, has turned into some serious baking. This year they baked more than 200 loaves in their Norwalk kitchen.