Knowing that measuring cups and spoons would be in short supply in his son's student housing, his father sent him a recipe for the family's Irish soda bread based entirely to the one utensil sure to be found: a pint glass.
We've been in plenty of shared or temporary housing when one measuring cup in a set goes mysteriously missing right when we need it, so we think this is just brilliant.
The recipe still depends on a few other baking tools. You need access to an oven, for one thing. You also need a mixing bowl, a baking sheet, and a sharp knife to make the traditional cross in the surface of the loaf.
But the fact that all the measuring is done with a pint glass just makes us chuckle. We especially love the measurements for baking soda and salt, "Enough to coat the bottom of the glass."
One word to the wise, though. This recipe uses an imperial pint glass, which holds 20 ounces as opposed to the American 16 ounces.
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