Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Admittedly, I've never much been into celebrating Saint Patrick's Day in the past. However, this year I just happened to have an Irish food cookbook sitting on my shelf begging for attention (Real Irish Food by David Bowers), and I found an absolutely amazing pair of green Coach flats on clearance the other day, so I'm all set! No shamrocks or green beer around here. I did go ahead and make a batch of Green Velvet Whoopie Pies yesterday though, and let me tell you...they're wonderful.
Classic Irish Brown Soda Bread, for those who aren't familiar, is a traditional Irish quick bread that uses baking soda instead of yeast as its leavening agent. The buttermilk and baking soda react to make this bread rise. It is extremely simple to make...just 5 ingredients, and no rising or kneading is necessary.