Monday, November 10, 2008

Irish Soda Bread

As promised, here is the recipe for Irish soda bread. The recipe was easily veganized from Martha Day's Complete Baking. The original recipe calls for twice the flour which makes for one huge loaf. This recipe is half the size (which is still plenty big) and I have converted the grams (which the original recipe calls for) into cups. I'm pretty sure cream of tartar is not a traditional ingredient for soda bread, but it does make for a nice texture.


INGREDIENTS
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 1 1/2 cups soy milk
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

METHOD
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. Whisk flours, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, and sugar together. Rub margarine into the flour until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. In a separate bowl, whisk soy milk and lemon juice together. Add to dry ingredients and mix together into a soft dough.
2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Shape into a circle about 2 inches thick. Dust with extra flour and transfer to the baking sheet. Mark a cross in the top with the handle of a wooden spoon.
3. Bake for 40 mins, or until risen and firm.

10 comments:

shelby said...

I love Irish Soda Bread! I should make this with some soup...ahh the comforts of fall.

mobilediesel said...

1. Whisk flours, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, and sugar together. Rub margarine into the flour until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. In a separate bowl, whisk soy milk and lemon juice together. Add to dry ingredients and mix together into a soft dough.

The first step mentions baking soda but it's not listed in the ingredients. I've made more than a couple of your recipes. Once I get the right amount of baking soda, I can't wait to try this one!

Gina said...

Mmm, my husband loves Irish soda bread. I am not an experienced bread maker, but maybe I will have to try this!

Tara said...

I really need to get into bread making like you!!! I had the most awesome sandwich this weekend, and I realized what made it so great was the lovely homemade bread it was on. Bread is an amazing treat!

allularpunk said...

this looks awesome and easy! is it a dense bread? or is there some fluff to it?

pavotrouge said...

I love soda bread, though I usually use the recipe from "Vegan Planet". What's cream of tartar? And is there a special reason for all of these Irish recipes? Sorry for being nosy :-P

Reni said...

This looks really good. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

Kelly said...

Yummy. Sounds like a winner. Now that I am slowly becoming better at bread baking I may need to try this. Thanks vegan dad for what sounds like another winner.

Vegan Dad said...

allularpunk,
The bread is rather like a large bicuit in texture. It's not overly dense, but is hearty.

Vegan Dad said...

pavotrouge,
Cream of tartar is a powdered fruit acid. It is usually used to stabilize egg whites, but is also used in baked goods. As for the Irish recipes, I made the stew and thought it needed some bread.