No yeast? No problem.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 06, 2020
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With the coronavirus pandemic accounting for a lot of mental space in our minds these days, it's nice to have a bit of distraction from some of our favorite celebrity chefs.

One such culinary wizard is Ina Garten, who is wowing us with pantry cooking inspiration, freezer storage tips, and more cooking advice on the regular. Last Friday, the Food Network star shared a post reminding us that Irish soda bread is a great option if you have no yeast in the house and/or a lack of interest in kneading dough. Interest in bread, though? Yes, we most definitely have that.

On her website, the Barefoot Contessa shares her go-to recipe for Irish soda bread, which comes together with only a handful of ingredients, many of which are pantry staples. To make your loaf, you'll need all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, kosher salt, unsalted butter, buttermilk, an egg, grated orange zest, and dried currants. The sweet bread bakes up in a little under an hour and makes an equally welcoming accompaniment to morning coffee or a happy hour libation. You can serve the bread warm or at room temperature. Either way, we hear it's quite the comfort food treat during these trying times.

If you're looking for more cooking motivation right about now, we're also loving Joanna Gaines' recent mini cooking shows and Ree Drummond's video tutorials (especially her five-minute chocolate mug cake). Good thing we're only wearing pajama pants every day of the week.

We'd love to hear from you: What kind of cooking advice are you looking for right now? Have you been craving anything in particular right now? Who are your favorite chefs currently offering cooking lessons, tips, and recipes on social media?