Shaping the dough was equally quick and easy,
and it looked beautiful coming out of the oven. (Unfortunately, I'm a space cadet and, even though I was trying so hard to focus and remember to take process pictures this week, I somehow forgot to take a picture of the finished loaf of bread! But trust me, it was pretty.)
We enjoyed it with butter for Sunday night dinner, alongside some matzoh ball soup and my absolute favorite baked spinach. We ate a quarter of the bread with our dinner, but I think I remembered why I don't make Irish Soda Bread more frequently. It's quick and easy and we definitely enjoy it, but the two of us can't eat a whole loaf and it doesn't keep well at all. As soon as it cooled I cut it into quarters and froze three of them; I'll be curious to see how those turn out. If they're good, then maybe I'll make the bread again. Otherwise, I'll probably stick to yeast breads, quick breads that keep better, and biscuits!
The same day I made the Soda Bread I also made Oatmeal Sandwich Bread from Good to the Grain. I couldn't resist taking photos. I don't think I've ever actually succeeded in getting bread to rise up over the pan before. I'm not sure what I did to get so lucky - I'm sure at least part of it is the great recipe (I love this cookbook!) - but it was excellent bread. A little bit more time consuming than the Irish Soda Bread, but most of the time was just waiting around, and it was delicious and kept excellently for days.