With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner this Cardamom Orange Cherry Irish Soda Bread is the perfect accompaniment to any traditional Irish dish, the perfect toast, and an even better crouton.
I’m going to be honest and say that I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There was one specific St. Patty’s Day that always sticks out in my mind from about 3 years ago. This St. Patty’s Day began with day drinking at a Spring Training game with a co-worker, sake bombs and sushi after, taking the Scottsdale Trolley around Old Town, whiskey shots at my cousin’s house, and ended with too many Rumplemintz shots at an Irish bar in Tempe courtesy of my friend Micah (now boyfriend), a one-of-a-kind Chanel wallet left in a cab, and a horrible hangover the next day. Yikes, right? Insanely fun and random but one of those I’m-never-drinking-ever-again moments that we all have.
Let’s just say I haven’t celebrated St. Patrick’s Day since. There’s food and drinks that are commonly associated with this sudo “holiday” such as Shepherd’s Pie, Green Beer, Irish Coffee, Guinness everything, and Irish Soda Bread. [best transition ever, eh?]
One of my favorite bloggers Julia at The Roasted Root posted a traditional recipe for Irish Soda Bread and it made me realize that I haven’t eaten or made Irish Soda Bread in YEARS! Genius idea Julia, and I’m totally on her bread bandwagon. Check out her recipe here! Considering I always opt out of a traditional way of making something and love to put my own spin on it I decided to spice up my soda bread with warm and citrusy cardamom, bright orange zest, and sweet cherries.
Considering this is the easiest and most full proof way of making bread EVER, it is almost impossible to mess it up. There is no yeast hence the “soda” in the title. Baking soda provides enough leavening for this bread to rise but I added in a little baking powder as well which makes this bread lighter and more cake-like in texture. Traditional Irish Soda Bread tends to be dense and fluffy is just my thang, ya know? The result is a light, chewy, slightly sweet and spicy bread studded with plump sweet cherries. By itself it is a dream but toasted and smeared with a little vegan butter, coconut oil, or jam sends it over the top. Did I mention this makes pretty killer french toast? Bread pudding? Croutons? Seriously, the best croutons. So many options and it takes less than 5 minutes to whip up, plop on a pan, and bake.
Also, this recipe makes ONE bread loaf/round. Meaning that you don’t have to exercise your will power to not consume all of this bread in a week. You could always double the recipe and freeze it but seriously the freezer is not going to stop you from chiseling off a piece of this delicious bread.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! I’m off to a little at-home yoga sesh.