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St. Patrick's Day: Classic Brown Irish Soda Bread

Serve up this hearty brown Irish soda bread for your St. Patrick's Day celebration.

This Irish soda bread recipe is inspired by David Bowers' cookbook Real Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country (Skyhorse Publishing, December 2012). Though this is far from a vegan-only book, meatless eaters can still find vegetable heavy recipes to use a springboard for St. Patrick's Day feasts.
This Irish soda bread recipe is inspired by David Bowers' cookbook Real Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country (Skyhorse Publishing, December 2012). Though this is far from a vegan-only book, meatless eaters can still find vegetable heavy recipes to use a springboard for St. Patrick's Day feasts.

Classic Brown Irish Soda Bread

The original recipe in Real Irish Food calls for buttermilk. We swapped it out for a dairy-free buttermilk. We also added the option of sprinkling the top with seeds before baking.

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 cup almond milk

  • 2 teaspoons vinegar

  • 3 cups coarse, stoneground whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Assorted seeds (optional)


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. In a small bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar and set aside to "curdle" into buttermilk.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flours, soda, and salt. Add enough of the buttermilk to form a stiff dough.

  4. Sprinkle a little flour on a rimless baking sheet and turn the dough out onto the floured surface.

  5. Shape the dough into a round and use a sharp knife to slice a large X about an inch deep across the top. Sprinkle with seeds, if using, and gently press into the dough surface.

  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the bread has risen and is golden-brown on top. The bottom should sound hollow when tapped.

  7. Wrap bread in a clean tea towel and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving.


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