Monday, 10 August 2009

Irish Soda Bread

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

So yes, I'm back from holidays! We went to Ireland for a little while, a usual trip for us to visit family. Whenever we are in Ireland I absolutely love the brown soda bread which is almost always made with buttermilk. We were able to buy some that were dairy free and very good - I brought a couple loaves home and they are in the freezer :) However I always wanted to try my own replacing the buttermilk with soy yogurt as it should do the same function - an acidic, thick liquid that would react with the baking soda. 

Well it works brilliantly, this recipe is a very basic one which is what I wanted, today I made it white instead of brown as the boy won't eat brown bread :( I will however post both versions and will get back to you how the other fares - sorry about the cups measures for the other one, I'll adapt it when I make it. *edit* the brown was really good but I forgot to weigh the measurements!

White Soda Bread:

450g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
350 - 412ml soy yogurt

Brown Soda Bread:

6 Cups wholemeal flour (preferably stoneground)
4 Cups plain white flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
3 1/4 Cups soy yogurt

Instructions for both: whisk all the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the centre and add almost all the yogurt. Using your hand mix it together until just moist but not sticky, add more yogurt if needed. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and gently shape into a round, turning over once, about 1 1/2 - 2 " thick. Cut a large cross over the top and place on a paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 230C/450F for 15 minutes then reduce the oven to 200C/400F and bake for a further 30 minutes. It should be risen and crusty golden on top and should sound hollow when the bottom is tapped. Cool on a rack briefly, slice and serve. *note* when I made mine I halved the amount and thus it didn't take so long in the oven, just 15 minutes for the second bake, so keep an eye on it.

Source: Recipe is based on Darina Allen's from here and here .


  1. Mmmmh seems yummy!! Do you use plain soy yogurt? I'm wondering if vanilla would be fine... Also, do you know how many cups are 450g flour? (I HAVE to get myself a scale soon!). Thank you very much for all your amazing recipes :-)

    1. Hi Joelle! I use plain soy yogurt here, if I was using vanilla I would add some sugar and raisins to make a sweeter type soda bread. Otherwise stick with plain unsweetened soy yogurt. 450g of flour is approximately 3 1/4 cups of flour :-) Good luck!


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