How about bringing a loaf of Irish soda bread to work for St. Patrick’s Day? Add some butter or apple butter and you will be very popular. You can make it ahead and freeze for later. Just take it out of the freezer the night before to thaw.
If you want the look you see in the photo, make an X cut into the dough just before you put it in the oven. You can cut about 1/2-inches deep with a sharp knife. It makes it very attractive in my humble opinion.
If you are not freezing the bread, it actually tastes best a few hours after it comes out of the oven. If you make it the day before it works well. The bread is good warmed or cold & might become a favorite at your house. And be sure to add 1/2 cup raisins! Mmmmm . . raisin toast. It’s great anytime you want a quick, yummy bread. It’s very inexpensive to make, so it’s a win-win-win!
From the reviews:
One reviewer made the recipe more healthy: “I substituted 1 c. of whole wheat flour for 1 c. of the all-purpose, used butter instead of margarine, AND flattened the ball of dough a bit before baking . . . and you probably don’t need all that butter and milk to brush on top – a couple of tablespoons would be plenty.”
“I used by KitchenAid Stand Up Mixer and the whole thing took 10 minutes at best to prepare. And, it was delicious! I would recommend turning the oven down just a hair and cooking it for a little longer. I’ve made this now a couple of times and sometimes the outside seems done, but the inside is doughy. Longer cook time; lower heat!”
“It’s not dry like some recipes are. I cut the softened margarine in with 2 knives and then a pastry cutter, as this was not explained in directions. I added 1/2 cup of raisins in while kneading the dough. Amazingly good.“
“Does dry out quickly after slicing but makes great toast the next morning.”
Tip: wrap in plastic wrap or foil after slicing to keep from drying out so quickly.