Happy Sunday, friends! I’ve actually had a really great week! On Friday my friend and I hit up our local spice merchants which Ive never been to before so it was quite the experience. They had every spice blend you could think of and then their tea selection? Oh my goodness gracious. Amazing! I snapped pics of my favorites below:
We also sampled their amazing selection of infused balsamic and olive oils. The blueberry balsamic with the lemon olive oil was one of the best things I’ve ever had! Definitely going back for that.
Then we ended up at target as all girls do and I found these adorable overalls in the kids section which fit me like a glove.
I have never wanted an article of clothing more than I want those overalls lol Let’s ignore the fact I’m a full grown adult that’s just reverting back into a 5 year old 🙈😂
Then earlier this past week the same friend I hung out with on Friday went to a local bakery for a cake testing event with me. Even though Edward and I still haven’t officially set a wedding date, I’ve never had the opportunity to do a cake testing before so I thought this would be a fun thing to do with my girlfriend. So we were given 3 different cake samples – chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream, vanilla cake with a vanilla buttercream and raspberry filling, and in the back is the poppyseed cake with a raspberry buttercream (I want to say it also had a touch of lemon). That raspberry buttercream was one of the best things I’ve ever had.
And speaking of bakery’s, I love this time of year at the bread bakery I work at because we release some of my favorite breads – irish soda bread and potato chive!
We only make them a few times a year so I make sure to stock up when we do. This year I decided to get fancy and use them in recipes. National Registered Dietitian Day was a few days ago and I really take pride in creating fun, unique recipes and today’s recipes are no exceptions. They’re maybe not the healthiest recipes but that’s ok. Everything in moderation, right? So, let’s start with the two savory recipes. **all recipes will be at the very end of this post!
First up: Cheesy potato chive savory breakfast pancakes!
These are actually made by blending up the potato chive bread until crumbly then mixing with egg and milk until a thick pancake batter forms then cooking up like pancakes. A friend of mine on instagram posted a bread pancake recipe the other week and it’s actually what inspired this recipe. I can’t wait to try this with other breads now!
Next up: potato chive mini quiche cups!
These were pretty simple to put together! The “crust” is a slice of potato chive bread formed into a cup to hold the quiche together. These would make a great little breakfast that you can mealprep ahead of time then just grab a few on your way out the door in the morning. No fuss! And the potato chive had a nice enough flavor that I didn’t really even need to add anything to the actual quiche mixture. It was just milk, eggs, and cheese. Easy, peasy!
Next up, let’s talk savory: stuffed orange irish soda bread french toast!
This recipe is my pride and joy! Let’s dissect this one because it has a lot going on lol It starts with irish soda bread. Which is then soaked in an egg bath with orange zest. Cooked up like regular french toast. Then stuffed with a homemade chocolate orange curd. I first discovered curds last year and have been obsessed with them ever since. If you’ve never made or even had a curd before, I highly recommend starting with this chocolate orange one. You don’t even need to pair it with anything, it is delicious on its own!
Last up: mini chocolate chip irish soda breads!
These were inspired by the irish soda bread we make at work. I wasn’t able to get my hands on them right away so I immediately went home and made some. But I decided to do a mini version because mini foods are always cuter. And then I made the brilliant decision to add in chocolate chips instead of raisins because chocolate is always the answer. Whatever the question, chocolate is always the answer. So the fun thing about irish soda bread is that it doesn’t rely on yeast. It instead uses baking soda and buttermilk which react together to form bubbles of carbon dioxide which gives it that “lift”. I really enjoyed having these for breakfast throughout the week.
And I couldn’t resist throwing in these shamrock donuts I made years ago just for fun. I don’t have an exact recipe anymore but I thought they were too fun not include in this lineup. So that’s it for today’s blog post guys! You can find all the recipes for everything down below 🙂 What’s your fave st paddy’s day inspired recipe/treat? let me know in the comments!
Cheesy potato chive savory breakfast pancakes – makes 4
⁃ 4 slices potato chive bread
⁃ 2 eggs
⁃ 3/4 cup to 1 cup milk
⁃ 2 slices cheddar cheese
⁃ 1 egg
Cut up the bread into small pieces the blend just until crumbly. Add in egg then start with 1/2 cup and blend. Add more milk until you have a semi thick pancake batter consistency. Heat a skillet over medium heat then add 1/3 cup batter and cook until golden brown. Flip then add 1/2 slice cheese and cook until pancake is golden brown on both sides and cheese is slightly melted. Repeat with remaining batter. Once all pancakes are done, cook an egg and set atop the pancake stack. Enjoy.
Potato chive mini quiche cups – makes 6
⁃ 6 slices fresh potato chive bread
⁃ 2 eggs
⁃ 2/3 cup milk
⁃ Cheese of choice (I used cheddar and provolone)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tray with 6 muffin liners. Spray them really well then set aside. use a 28oz can or something similar in size to cut the bread into rounds. Press each bread round into a muffin liner. Bake for 3 minutes. While it is baking, whisk together egg and milk. Once done baking, add 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp of the egg and milk mixture to the muffin liners. Top with cheese then place back In oven and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before removing from liners. Enjoy.
Orange Irish soda bread French toast with chocolate orange curd
Chocolate orange curd(make this first)
⁃ 1/4 cup orange juice
⁃ Orange zest from 1 mandarin orange
⁃ 4 egg yolks
⁃ 2 tbsp butter
⁃ 1/2 cup chocolate chips
⁃ 1 tbsp sugar (I used monkfruit)
In a medium sized pot over low to medium heat, whisk eggs well then stir in orange juice, zest, sugar, and butter. Make sure heat isn’t too high, we don’t want the eggs cooking too quickly. Stir until mixture is smooth and just about to boil (this should take anywhere from 10-15 min) then add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Remove from heat immediately (you don’t want the chocolate to overlook) then let cool. Once cool, store in fridge overnight. It will thicken as it sits and can then be used with pancakes, toast, waffles, French toast, Etc.
For the French toast
⁃ 2 extra thick slices Irish soda bread or 4 thinner slices of Irish soda bread
⁃ 3/4 cup milk
⁃ zest from one mandarin orange
⁃ Pinch brown sugar
In a bowl, whisk eggs with milk, sugar, and zest. Soak slices of Irish soda bread in the mixture then cook over low to medium heat until golden brown. Once cooked, let cool. If you went with the extra thick option, then slice each one in half and fill with chocolate orange curd. If you went with the thinner option, add a layer of curd to 2 slices of bread and top with remaining slices of bread. Enjoy
Mini Chocolate chip whole wheat Irish soda bread – makes ~10-12
⁃ 3 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
⁃ 3 tbsp sugar 2.0
⁃ 1 tsp baking soda
⁃ 3/4 tsp salt
⁃ 2/3 cup Chocolate chips
⁃ 1/4 cup butter cut into small pieces
⁃ 1 1/3 cup buttermilk plus a few extra tbsp to add to the dough later
⁃ 1 egg
Honey water wash
⁃ 1 tbsp honey
⁃ 1/2 cup warm water
If making buttermilk from scratch, do this first by combining milk with lemon juice or vinegar and letting it sit While you prepare everything else. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips then cut butter into the mixture, use a fork to work the butter into the mixture until it is broken up and there are no large chunks. Whisk egg into 1 1/3 cup buttermilk then add to the flour/butter mixture. Mix with a spoon then use your hands to combine all the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 degrees f and spray a large cookie sheet. Divide dough into 10-12 equal sized pieces. Cup one piece of dough in your hand and roll Into a small round ball. Repeat with the rest of the dough. If mixture becomes too crumbly or dry add a little more buttermilk and work into the dough. This is more of a stiff dough though so it shouldn’t be too wet. Once you have all your mini Irish soda breads, brush tops with honey water mixture then dip tops in whole wheat flour. Use a serrated knife to cut a cross into each mini loaf then bake for about 25 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Let cool and enjoy