From Beatrice Ojakangas’ book, Great Holiday Baking Book. This is a quick bread that’s great for snaking or for serving with a meal. The bread is delicious served warm from the oven or served at room temperature. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is named after St. Patrick, the British-born monk who is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland. Patrick converted the Irish to Christianity and is said to have used the green shamrock (which means “little clover” in Gaelic) as a visual aid to illustrate the doctrine of the trinity, three holy entities in one. As a result, the shamrock and the color green have become symbols of St. Patrick’s Day.