Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this Classic Vegan Irish Soda Bread is soft on the inside and crusty on the outside. This is a traditional yeast-free bread filled with raisins and flavored with caraway seeds.
why we love this recipe
Like many people, I have such fond memories of eating Irish Soda Bread on St. Patrick’s Day. I love that this plant-based soda bread is completely dairy-free, so it’s made without buttermilk! With only 10 ingredients, this quick bread is a great way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.
about irish soda bread
First, a little history about the origin of Irish Soda Bread. Despite what the name suggests, soda bread was first created by the Native Americans in North America and the Irish later replicated the process. Soda bread was adopted widely in Ireland because of its use of inexpensive ingredients. You can find more info through this article!
vegan irish soda bread ingredients
This bread only has 10 simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. They are:
- All-Purpose Flour
- Granulated Sugar
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda
- Vegan Butter, I used Country Crock Plant Butter
- Almond Milk
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Caraway Seeds
making vegan buttermilk
The ingredients in traditional soda bread are usually flour, baking soda, and buttermilk. Since we are making a vegan version, we’re swapping the buttermilk with a dairy-free alternative.
You can easily make a vegan buttermilk alternative by stirring together almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Before mixing all the ingredients together, let the almond milk and vinegar curdle for about 10 minutes.
how to make the vegan irish soda bread
Once you mix all the ingredients together, the dough should feel stiff and sticky. It’s important to not over mix or knead the dough at all. If you do so, the loaf will be heavy and dense after baking.
The dough should come together easily into a ball. If the dough feels too sticky to shape, sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until you can shape it into a loaf.
After shaping the dough into a circular loaf, you can cut an “X” in the top with a knife. This “X” or cross shape is what gives soda bread its classic look. This divides the loaf into quadrants that can be easily broken apart.
serving the irish soda bread
Now that the vegan Irish soda bread is ready, it’s time to dig in! It’s fabulous smeared with a little bit of dairy-free butter. It’s also great served with the classics like cabbage and vegan seitan corned beef!
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- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup vegan butter, I used Country Crock Plant Butter
- 1 1/3 cup vegan buttermilk, 1 1/3 cup almond milk mixed with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (set aside for 10 mins)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 flax egg, 1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 2 tbsp water
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp caraway seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder in a large bowl.
- Cut in the vegan plant butter. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.
- Combine the vegan buttermilk, baking soda, and flax egg.
- Add to dry ingredients.
- Mix everything thoroughly. The dough will be stiff and sticky. Grease an 8 " round pan. Shape the dough into a domed circle / loaf, and put the dough in the pan. Cut an “X” in the top of the dough with a knife.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes, until golden brown on top. When you tap the dough, it should sound hollow.
Baking time will depend on your oven and how wide/tall you shape the loaf.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gFiber: 2gProtein: 4g
Nutritional info is an estimate.
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