Easy Vegan Irish Soda Bread Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. And this year I’m making this easy vegan irish soda bread recipe. It is so easy to make you’ll want to have it all year round! This bread is wonderful served warm plain or with your favorite vegan butter. It has a crunchy crusty exterior and a soft and deliciously filling interior.

vegan irish soda bread on a plate

A bonus of this bread is it is made entirely without yeast so there’s no waiting around for dough to proof! This recipe comes together in just 10 minutes and bakes golden brown in just 40-50 minutes. The slightly salty dough is the perfect pair to a hearty soup or stew. I have been eating it with just a pat of vegan butter and boy oh boy is it satisfying!

Also, how impressive that you can make your own bread? I mean, come on?! Give this quick bread a try next time you’re craving those good bready carbs. It takes minimal effort and I bet you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now! 

Special Vegan ingredients for this soda bread recipe

Vegan Butter

You can find vegan butter at most health food stores these days. Or if you’re in the mood to try something new you can easily make your own Homemade Vegan Butter. Just follow this quick and easy recipe to make a pound of the delicious buttery vegan staple.

Vegan Buttermilk

Are you thinking, do they even make vegan buttermilk? The answer is, I have no idea. And that is because vegan buttermilk is so easy to make at home I’ve never had the need to search for one. To make vegan buttermilk you’ll need to start with a plant-based milk of your choice.

I mostly use Almond milk for convenience but any plant-based milk will work for this recipe. Next you’ll need some kind of vinegar. I used Apple Cider Vinegar but white distilled vinegar works too. This one step process is so easy you’ll be laughing. Just pour the vinegar in with the plant-based milk and wait 5 minutes for the milk to curdle.

Done! See how easy?? You can definitely make this yourself in…well 5 minutes flat! And that’s all the specialty ingredients that you’ll need! If you have vegan butter and plant-based milk you’ve got what you need. Additional ingredients are pantry staples: flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

Equipment needed for vegan Irish Soda Bread recipe

Food Processor

I used my food processor to quickly mix the ingredients together and form a dough. If you don’t have a food processor or prefer to do this by hand you can absolutely do that. When the recipe says add to the bowl of the food processor just add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and start mixing in the wet ingredients with a spoon or even your hands.

Clean hands make the best kitchen tools sometimes!

Sheet Pan

his bread is baked free form, meaning we don’t need a special bread pan. You’ll just shape your dough into a round and then use a knife to cut a cross in the top of the bread. The bread will keep it’s shape while baking. So easy, right?

Wire Rack

 I use my wire rack for cooling the bread. You can transfer it to a cool surface if you don’t have a wire rack, just make sure to transfer the bread after it’s cooled for a bit to make it easier to handle. Leaving it on the hot sheet pan for too long may lead to an overdone bottom. We want our bread bottom crisp, but not overdone and tough. 

That’s it! If you have ever made cookies then you’ve got the necessary equipment for this vegan Irish soda bread.

How to Make Vegan Irish Soda Bread

This vegan soda bread recipe can be done in just one hour. Think about it, you’re only an hour away from having fresh from the oven crusty delicious vegan soda bread!

Prepare Your Ingredients

Start this recipe by gathering all your ingredients and preheating your oven to 425 deg F. It’s now time to make the buttermilk. Add the vinegar to the plant-based milk and allow it to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. 

Now Start With Your Food Processor

While the milk is curdling you can start adding your other ingredients to the bowl of your food processor. Add in the flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Pulse several times to incorporate.

Add in the Vegan Butter

Next you’ll add in the chilled, cubed vegan butter. Pulse 10 – 15 more times to cut the butter into the flour mixtures. If don’t this by hand you can use a pastry cutter, or even your fingers. You want to rub the dough into the flour so that it’s incorporated throughout the mixture. 

Add in Your Water – Slowly!

Lastly drizzle in your freshly made ‘buttermilk’ while the food processor is on low. Process just until a dough starts to form. Then transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead into a ball. Don’t need too long, as the longer you knead the tougher the finished bread will be. 

Form Dough and Bake

Form the dough into a ball and place on a sheet pan. Now using a sharp knife make an X in the top of the dough, being careful not to cut too deep. About a quarter of an inch deep is plenty.  Bake the bread at 425 deg F for 40-50 minutes. Check on the bread during the last few minutes of baking. You are looking for a golden brown exterior with a soft center. You can tell the interior is soft by tapping on the bottom. If you hear a hollow sound, and the outside is deliciously brown your bread is ready to be pulled from the oven. 

Now just wait about 5 minutes for the dough to cool a bit, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Done!

Wasn’t that easy? They say easy as pie, but honestly that was way easier than baking a pie! 

Yield: 1 Round Loaf of Bread

Easy Vegan Irish Soda Bread Recipe

vegan irish soda bread on a plate

This easy Vegan Irish Soda Bread comes together in no time with out having to wait for yeast to proof! Now you can enjoy fresh from the oven bread anytime, no waiting!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/12 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter, chilled, cubed
  • 1 ¼ cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 deg F. Mix the vinegar with the plant-based milk to create vegan buttermilk.

Step 2: Add all dry ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to combine.

Step 3: Add the cubed butter to the bowl of the food processor and pulse 10-15 times to incorporate the butter into the flour mixture.

Step 4: Drizzle the buttermilk mixture into the food processor and process on low until a dough starts to form. 

Step 5: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead into the shape of a ball. Score the top of the bread in a cross (X) about 1/4th inch deep.

Step 6: Transfer dough to a sheet pan and bake at 425 deg F for 40-50 minutes. Your dough is done when the outside is golden brown and you hear hollow sounds when you tap the bottom of the bread.

Step 7: Leave to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, when the bread is cool enough to handle transfer to a wire rack for cooling.

This bread is best enjoyed warm the same day.

It’s really that easy to make soda bread vegan

You can make this with basic pantry ingredients and just a couple vegan alternatives. 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you try this recipe. Not only is it easy, delicious and filling, making your own bread will impress the pants off people! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. If you try this recipe or any of the recipes on this site I would love to hear how they turned out so leave a comment below.

You can also find me on Instagram @veganbakingathome. Besure to tag your bakes with hashtag #veganbakingathome so I can see your gorgeous creations!

Until next time!
Allison Bost

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