Grandma Millie. Oh, Grandma Millie.
I met my husband’s maternal grandmother while we were dating in college. We drove from Buffalo east down the NY State Thruway to a town in central New York called Herkimer. I was nervous, but excited to meet the grandparents I had heard so much about. As soon as I walked in to their home, Grandpa came towards me and hugged me. When I say hugged, I don’t mean a cute little gesture. I mean a squeeze so tight you can’t move. And he didn’t let go. I knew I loved these folks instantly. Grandma greeted me with her sweet smile and laughter. The love and respect that reflected off of my future husband towards his grandparents clued me in on what type of a man he was becoming. I liked it, and I liked this atmosphere. Because of it, I fell more in love with him. Over the years, we visited Herkimer often, and my hubby actually asked me to marry him in their upstairs bedroom. He couldn’t have chosen a better spot.
The Grape Nut Bread recipe came into my life in 2007 when my mother in law, Mary Ellen, gave us a special recipe book she put together with all of their family’s favorite recipes. Including several from Grandma Millie. Grape Nut Bread is the first entry. Mary Ellen passed away in 2010 so we try to make something from the recipe book every Christmas in her honor. It’s usually her mother’s Grape Nut Bread.
Grape Nut Bread is very hearty, nutty, moist, and has a hint of sweetness. It’s perfect for Christmas morning, or mornings on the go. You will be surprised how the Grape Nuts add a special texture like no other homemade bread. There’s also the added benefit of all that fiber that our bodies crave.
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