This is a quick and easy Irish soda bread that is wonderful when served with a hearty winter beef stew or with a vegetarian chili or curry. This recipe is a great introduction for those of you who might want to get into baking bread. Soda bread is a type of quick bread in which sodium bicarbonate is used as a leavening agent instead of the traditional yeast. This bread has a long history and became popular for it's very basic ingredients during Irelands less wealthy years. Now it's just practical and delicious!