Vegan Soda Bread


So I was brought up making bread, I think I may have been around 7yrs old the first time my mum started me on the bread making, I dont think my family have brought bread in since that time, and it has always been made by hand.

I love going home for proper bread, why I can hear you asking dont I make all my own bread now, and the answer is simple, it is hard to find a place to buy a sack of flour and since I am effectively a lodger living with my partners parents it is hard to find somewhere for that sack of flour to live… plus my mother in law is gluten free, and making fresh bread in her kitchen all the time would just seem cruel!

However there are some days when you just need fresh bread… I stumbled apon this recipe a little while ago on a day when I need bread, but had run out of instant yeast… it could have been a disaster! But here to save the day this super easy very simple and very quick soda bread… it doesn’t even need to be kneaded or left to rise just mix it up and pop it the oven, amazing!!

What you will Need:

  • 500ml Unsweetened Soya Milk
  • 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170c and prepare a 2 pound loaf tin or a flat baking tray
  2. Combine the soya milk and cider vinegar and leave to sit for around 5mins
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients
  4. Add the soya milk and olive oil to the dry ingredients and mix together until you have a sticky dough. The dough is going to be much wetter than you expect if you are used to baking normal bread, but so long as it is all combined you should be ok. Add more flour if you think you need it, but you do not want a dry dough!
  5. Tip your dough into your tin or onto the tray. If you want to try and shape the dough a little, for example to make it round on the tray, try covering your hands in olive oil before you touch the dough.
  6. Pop the loaf in the oven for 45-50mins, or until golden brown (you can tell when bread is done, if you tap the bottom of the loaf and it sounds hollow!)

And that is it! No kneading, no trying to find a warm place to leave the bread to rise. This loaf will be warm and out of the oven ready to eat covered in jam, before a normal load has risen enough to be baked!!!

N.B Because there is no yeast in this bread it tastes very strongly of the flour and the soya milk, so be careful that you dont use a sweetened soya milk… unless you want sweet bread!


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