Vegan Soda Bread Recipe | No yeast, no knead
Updated: May 19
The soda bread is a typical Irish recipe, in its traditional version, it uses buttermilk, which is a sour-tasting cow's milk. Its acidity chemically reacts with the alkaline bread soda and releases carbon dioxide, which is what makes soda bread rise. Indeed...
In soda bread we use no yeast, so no knead required, and of course, no raising time.
It is so easy to make, even for beginners you will not fail with this recipe.
I personally enjoy my soda bread for breakfast, cut into slices, spread with a generous spoonful of jam
or homemade hummus.
Here some questions that you might ask yourself:
Are soda bread and sourdough the same thing?
Nope, not really. For making sourdough bread, you'll need a sourdough starter, which consists of flour and water. In fact, sourdough is a bread made from the natural occurring yeast and bacteria in flour. There is no yeast here too, but no milk while in soda bread the raising is given by the chemical reaction between the baking soda and buttermilk. Of course, this can be achieved also in a easy vegan way.
Can soda bread be made without buttermilk?
Of course! Vegan soda bread can be achieved by simply replacing the buttermilk with one part of water and one part of soymilk, curdled with a squeeze of lemon juice. Why? Because this will react with the bread soda in exaclty the same manner as buttermilk, producing a nicely risen, traditional tasting brown bread withour dairy or eggs.
Can soda bread cause bloating?
Soda bread doesn't cause bloating, thanks to absence of yeast, which is usually the cause of this problem. I have issues with yeast, I've been diagnosed yeast intollerance some years ago, so I must be very carefull with this. And this is way I love soda bread so much. It has been a real revelation.
Can soda bread be made ahead?
Yup! I make sure I always have some soda bread ready to eat, so I usually make it twice a week, in the evening after dinner. Matt and I absolutely love watching some Netlix tv series while the bread is slowly baking into the oven and the perfum gently starts to spread all over the kitchen... Pure heaven.
How to curdle soymilk
You can curdle soymilk by simply adding 1-2 tbsp to the soymilk of this recipe, stir it all together and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
400 gr / 3 ⅓ cups wholemeal flour
130 gr / 1 cup plain white flour
60 gr / ¾ cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda, heaped
1 tsp salt, heaped
70 ml / ⅓ cup unrefined sunflower oil
300 ml / 1 cup + 2 tbsp water
300 ml / 1 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetend soymilk curdled with a squeeze of lemon juice (approx 1-2 tbsp)
A handful of topping: oats, pumpking/sunflower/sesame seeds...
LET'S DO IT
Preheat your oven to 180 °C / 375 °F and brush the bread tin with oil or line it with baking parchment as I did in the picture;
Into a large mixing bowl, sif the brown and white flour and the baking soda. Add the rolled oats and salt and combine thoroughly;
Stir in the oil, then make a well in the cnetre of the dry mix and pour into the curdled soymilk and water;
Use your hand to gently fold the milk into the flour. It is important not to over-mix so use as little mixing as possible to bring everything together. The consistency will be quite sloppy;
With your hand transfer the batter to the bread tin, press it down smoothly and sprinkle it with a topping of your choice, I used a mix of seeds cause I like the crunchy texture;
Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, untile weel-risen and browned on top. Tap the base of the load with your finders at the end of the baking time: if it makes a hollow sound, the load is cooked;
Cover with a towel and leave on the rack to cool fully before slicing.
How to store soda bread
You can store your soda bread in a plastic bag for up to 2 days. You can also freeze it and thaw it at room temperature as needed.
Should you try this at home, do not forget to tag the Instagram page and use the hashtag #twocabbageskitchen. We'll looooove to see your creations :)
Love & Enjoy.
Cristiana & the Cabbages