Irish Soda Bread with Salted Honey Butter

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Cheers to you all, my friends! I realize today is Thirsty Thursday, and you may think, what better day to share a cocktail recipe with you... but I stand behind my delicious Basil Cocktail from last week. And, I wanted to bake for you all today instead. I'm just full of surprises. As Nola says in the 2005 classic film Hustle & Flow, "Gotta keep the tricks guessing!" Or something like that.

I'll be the first to admit that Irish cuisine isn't at the top of my culinary repertoire, but any excuse to eat a carb is good enough for me. The real bonus here is that unlike most bread recipes, this is yeast-free, aka no rising time, aka you can make it and eat it in about an hour, aka watch out summer waistline, this bread is your nemesis. Whatever, you all still love me right? 

This recipe is inspired by my homegirl Jessica over at HowSweetEats - aka the food blog with the best photography this side of the Mississippi. I swear, everything she makes is drool-inducing and I find myself recreating her recipes at least twice a week. So head on over there for the full recipe. (Note: I made this my own by omitting the chocolate chips and cutting the sugar content in half, as I wanted a more savory finish. Feel free to ask me questions on how I did so in the comments below!)

Until then, I'll leave you with this:

Ah, heaven. Enjoy!