The baking tradition is one of the richest and most varied aspects of Ireland's culinary heritage. This recipe for Brown Soda Bread comes to us from Darina Allen's Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage (Kyle Books; 2012).
This recipe accompanied Rita Williams's essay "A Giving Tree" (April 2008). We based this stalwart recipe on one from baking maven Maida Heatter, and we really do think it is the best damn Meyer lemon cake we've ever had.
Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune restaurant in New York City turned us on to this simple, classic Italian preparation, which calls for baking fennel in the oven with cream and Parmesan to create a luxurious gratin.
Earthy rutabagas and aged Gruyére add intrigue to a classic potato gratin. Slicing the root vegetables with a mandoline and cooking the ingredients on the stove top before baking results in an especially luscious dish.