Irish Soda Bread
This bread is well known for it's ease of preparation, tight crumb structure, crusty exterior, and tangy but plain flavor. Some Irish bakers have been known to substitute the buttermilk with yogurt or stout. Sometimes dried currants and flavoring are added for a punch of flavor, but this isn't traditional. Many Irish grannies have explained to their grandchildren that the X is cut in the top of the loaf before baking to "let the faeries out." The fact that it helps the bread rise evenly while baking is nice too!