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

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:

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  • 1-3/4 cup almond milk
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  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
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  • 3 cups coarse, stoneground whole wheat flour
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  • 1 cup all purpose flour
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  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
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  • 1 teaspoon salt
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  • Assorted seeds (optional)

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
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  3. In a small bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar and set aside to “curdle” into buttermilk.
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  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flours, soda, and salt. Add enough of the buttermilk to form a stiff dough.
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  7. Sprinkle a little flour on a rimless baking sheet and turn the dough out onto the floured surface.
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  9. 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.
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  11. 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.
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  13. Wrap bread in a clean tea towel and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

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