Traditional Irish soda bread is a treat usually reserved for St. Patrick's Day, but it's so tasty I could eat it year-round. Recently, Alexis made me this currant-studded loaf and when I was diving in to eat it, I also uncovered some interesting facts about the recipe.
As is tradition, Irish soda bread is often made with caraway seeds and currants. Did you know that caraway seeds are a spice made from dried fruit of a plant called Carum carvi?
Currants, likewise, are also a fruit. There are two distinct fruits that are called currants. One is dried zante grape, similar to a raisin, and the other is a fresh tiny berry related to the gooseberry. Both caraway seeds and currants are frequently used in baking, such as the amazing Irish Soda Bread Alexis made me. I love this recipe from the New York Times (click for recipe).