A few years ago we asked some of our favorite EatingWell contributors to share healthy breakfast recipes from their part of the world. Darina Allen--chef, cookbook author and director of the legendary Irish cooking school Ballymaloe in County Cork--sent us her recipe for Irish Soda Bread, with this letter:
"On Sunday morning I love to cook a huge Irish breakfast--rashers and sausage and some lovely fresh eggs from the "Palais de Poulets," our swanky sounding but rather ordinary hen house here at Ballymaloe…. Perhaps best of all, the meal is completed with fresh-baked Irish soda bread.
"While the kettle of spring water on our ancient Aga cooker is coming to the boil, I start by measuring out some flour for the soda bread, then go to the pantry for the jug of thick buttermilk from our Jersey cow. The bread is mixed in seconds in the beamy plastic washing-up bowl we keep for the purpose.
"Even though I've been making bread