As the legend goes, Saint Columbkille (also called Columba) ate a cake filled with the letters when he was a boy, and after that he always loved to read and write. He especially loved reading the Bible. He grew up to become a monk who worked as a scribe 1,000 years before the printing press was invented, when the Bible had to be copied very carefully by hand. There are many other legends about Saint Columbkille, but what we know for a fact was he started a monastery on the Scottish Island of Iona, bringing the Gospel of Jesus to many people.
ActivityMake your own cakes with letters to help you remember that we should all love the Bible as much as Saint Columbkille did.
Saint Columbkille “Cakes” with Letters*
4 oz. butter (plus more for pan)
16 oz. mini marshmallows
5 cups of crisp rice cereal
3 cups of alphabet-shaped cereal
1. Grease a 13x9” pan with butter, set aside
2. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. (Add a dash of salt if your butter is unsalted). Stir in the marshmallows and continue to stir until they are melted.
3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the two kinds of cereal until evenly coated. Immediately turn the mixture out into the pan. Using a sheet of waxed paper coated with non-stick cooking spray, press the cereal firmly and evenly into a pan. (Use a flat-bottomed drinking glass or measuring cup for an even surface). When cool, cut into squares and enjoy hunting for letters in your “cakes.”
*I created this recipe because Saint Columbkille is my husband's and my son's confirmation saints. I hope you enjoy it as we do every year!