10 Yummy Ways to Make Irish Soda Bread
For some reason Americans have turned traditional Irish soda bread into our St. Patrick's Day version of all the other eastern European holiday sweet breads like panettone, cozanac, etc. We've increased the white flour and added things like dried fruits and nuts. Deb over at the Smitten Kitchen dubber her adaptation "blasphemous bread." Though that is after all one of the best things about Irish soda bread - it's so versatile, you can add almost anything you like. Clearly the traditional version is too dry and bland for our picky palettes. Whether you're making a St. Paddy's Day meal or just need a quick and easy bread to serve with dinner, Irish soda bread can't be beat. It requires no yeast nor any kneading and can be made with few ingredients and just one mixing bowl. I have to say I like the idea of making it with dried cranberries and orange zest. That's how I typically make cozonac only it requires yeast and a LOT of kneading. The Irish soda bread is much easier. Here are ten variations on the traditional Irish recipe with a few gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options.
1. Irish Soda Bread Scones by Smitten Kitchen / (pictured above) recipe and photo by Smitten Kitchen - Who would've thought to make Irish soda bread into cute little scones? This single-serve version is perfect for entertaining.
2. Ina Garten's Irish Soda Bread - This bread calls for currants and orange zest.
3. Authentic Traditional Irish Soda Bread - This links to several different variations of the traditional base recipe for Irish soda bread. It's written by the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread (yes, that is a real thing), so I'm assuming it's a great resource if you're totally new to making Irish soda bread.
4. Brown Irish Soda Bread by Bon Appetit via Epicurious - This is closer to the old-fashioned way with whole grains, though it gets some extra sweetness from brown sugar.
5. Classic Irish Soda Bread by Recipe Girl - This is the most common American-Irish version of the bread. It's made with all purpose flour and has currents and caraway seeds.
6. Skillet Irish Soda Bread by the Smitten Kitchen / (pictured above) photo by Smitten Kitchen - This version reminds me a little of panettone based on its shape. Deb at Smitten Kitchen says it turns out golden crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Look delicious!
7. Soda Bread with Dark Chocolate and Candied Orange Peel by Bon Appetit - Wow. This is far off from the traditional stuff, but all is forgiven whenever chocolate is involved.
8. Apricot-Orange Irish Soda Bread - This version is just like Ina Garten's American version only with dried apricots in place of the currents. It sounds lovely for spring.
9. Gluten-Free and Dairy Free Irish Soda Bread by Teri Gruss - adapted from the Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Reduced Calorie Cookbook by Connie Sarros
10. Vegan Irish Soda Bread by Ashley Skebar
*TIP: To make any of these recipes dairy-free, simply replace the buttermilk with a dairy-free milk and add a tbs of vinegar.
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