RUMSON: A LUCKY FIRST IRISH SODA BREAD
Debbie Bagnell, the winner of last year’s Irish Soda Bread competition at the Oceanic Public Library in Rumson. Below, a slice of her bread. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By SUSAN ERICSON
“It was so surreal. I felt like it was part of a movie scene. There were men in kilts and bagpipes,” says Debbie Bagnell.
A self-described cooking-and-crafting hobbyist and homemaker says, Bagnell was recalling the day her Irish Soda Bread won first place at Oceanic Public Library‘s first annual baking competition in Rumson.
The win was a bit flukey.
“I had no intention of entering,” she said. “I had never baked an Irish Soda Bread before.”