January 17, 2011
Irish Soda Bread
If the decision to make a dish was a mathematical equation where the ease of executing the recipe was directly proportional to the absolute deliciousness of the completed dish, this recipe for Irish soda bread would be the example given in every classroom as a perfect decision.
Honestly, this recipe, which is one of the Barefoot Contessa's (aka Ina Garten), could not have been easier to make and could not have been more delicious. The crust was wonderfully crunchy and the interior moist, tender and subtly scented from the orange zest. (I chose to leave the currants out of the bread - seemed weird to have fruit in it.) And, the bread only gets better with a generous slather of Irish butter. (Jam doesn't hurt either.)
So if you are craving fresh from the oven bread and can't be bothered messing around with yeast, make this soda bread immediately!