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Radish Bread

Looking for something a little new and different for those radishes? Try this sweet radish bread on for size.

Radish bread slices on a cutting board surrounded by fresh radishes.

I normally space out the radish planting every couple of weeks over the summer so that we’re not indudated all at one. The two of us simply can’t keep up with a huge radish harvest.

This summer, however; I messed up somewhere along the line and was faced with an overabundance of radishes. Specifically, Zlata radishes. In an effort to use them before they got woody I figured I would try putting them in some kind of baked good.

Basket of fresh zlata radishes.

I figured carrots go nicely in cake and quick bread, why not radishes? Indeed, why not. This radish bread turned out quite nicely and is so easy to whip up

No One Will Know

You might be worried about the flavor but there is no discernible radish flavor here. Instead the radishes simply add a layer of moistness and earthy sweetness that is delightful.

No one who is served this bread will know it contains radishes unless you tell them, I promise.

Radish bread slices on a cutting board surrounded by fresh radishes.

I tested this recipe with both Zlata radishes and french breakfast radishes. The zlata radishes are hotter than the french breakfast when raw but that hotness disappears after being baked and sweetened with sugar.

Any Radish Variety

I did not test the recipe with every radish variety available. However, I do think most any radish would work. Use what you have growing or got in your CSA box.

To Glaze or Not to Glaze?

Many quick breads add a glaze, I know. A simple vanilla glaze would likely be lovely here but honestly, I felt like it was sweet enough plain and opted not to add one. However, it is a bit plain looking and if you want to make it prettier or sweeter, drizzle some over the top.

Radish bread loaf on a board surrounded by fresh radishes.

Options to Customize

This bread is extremely flexible and customizable. Use ginger or cardamom instead of the cinnamon. Pumpkin pie spice would be incredible as well. Add more or less spice or even different spices as is preferred.

Toss in some extras. 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped nuts would add crunch and bulk. Dried fruits like raisins or cranberries would be nice too. Heck, even 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips would be tasty. Again, go with what is preferred in your house.

Freezer Friendly

Radish bread freezes delightfully. If you happen to have a bunch of radishes to use, make a double batch. Eat one loaf now, freeze the other for later.

To freeze, simply let cool completely before wrapping and sealing in an airtight container or bag.

Let thaw at room temperature before slicing and serving.

Eating Radish Bread

This is a sweet and moist loaf perfect for quick breakfasts. Simply slice and eat, though slathering it in butter and/ or apple butter will only make it better.

Radish bread still in the loaf pan surrounded by fresh radishes on a table.

I quite like it with an over easy egg.

It is sweet enough to serve as a light dessert, maybe add a little whipped cream or a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Yield: 1 Loaf

Radish Bread

Radish bread slices on a cutting board surrounded by fresh radishes.

Radish bread is a sweet and moist quick bread perfect for breakfast or a light dessert.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened, Pureed Applesauce
  • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Radishes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9X5" Bread Pan.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the applesauce, egg, milk, and sugar until completely combined.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until almost combined.
  6. Fold in the shredded radishes and mix until completely combined.
  7. Spread the batter into the prepared bread pan.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes. An inserted toothpick will come out clean when tested.
  9. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 slices

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g

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Gloria Flora

Monday 3rd of August 2020

One way to avoid over-planting or repeated plantings of radishes is to grow podding radishes. (On cue, "I've never heard of podding radishes.") Podding radishes are large bushy radish plants but you do not harvest the root, you harvest the very abundant pods. You can eat the pods straight off the plant, throw them into a salad or saute. They have a delightful sharp and delicious radish flavor. You only need a couple of plants because the pods just keep coming all summer. They have beautiful purple flowers and self-seed freely if some pods are left to maturity. I don't bother planting them, there's always quite a few that come back up each season and I just leave a couple in the perfect place and pull the rest. One downside is that the pods, while delicious fresh or sauteed, are quite uninspiring whether pickled or brined.

Austin Faulkner

Thursday 19th of March 2020

Is there any substitute for apple sauce In This recipe ?

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 19th of March 2020

You could use melted butter or oil instead.

Barbara

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Can you make muffins instead of bread

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

You probably could though I haven't tested it. I'd for sure give it a try and start testing for doneness quite a bit earlier than the bread.

June

Sunday 21st of July 2019

Question: You picture the radish greens along with the radishes. Did you include the greens in the recipe or only the radishes?

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 21st of July 2019

Just the radish roots. I left the greens on for the photo styling that's all. The greens make for great pesto if you're seeking a way to use those.

Helena

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

I would never have thought of putting radishes in bread, but it sounds tasty! I'll keep this in mind when we have our fall garden in...nothing is growing now but a cherry tomato plant that is somehow hanging on through the heat and giving us enough to snack on. My kids love harvesting radishes--they won't eat them, but apparently it's like digging up treasure all the same. :)

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