Okay! If I’m honest, I would tell you that I loved bread, and once upon a time, I could eat a loaf all to myself! But those days have passed for me as I’ve developed a little bit of a gluten intolerance… which makes me so mad! But just because I can’t indulge anymore, doesn’t mean you can’t! So here is my super simple and incredibly delicious Vegan Irish Soda Bread!
Irish soda bread goes way back to pre-Christian Ireland when the Celts would bake bread in honour of the Goddess Brigit. The cross on the top of the bread was meant to bless the bread, and emulate the cross of the Goddess. Fast forward to the rise of Christianity, and we find that the Catholics absorbed the Goddess into their beliefs. It was far easier to convert Pagans to Christianity while keeping some of their most cherished deities according to theological records.
Today you will still see the Goddess Brigit honoured in Ireland as a Catholic Saint. With her conversion from Goddess to Saint, you will also see the tradition of blessing the bread a common practice in many households today.
Simple Vegan Irish Soda Bread
Vegan Oil Free Prep Time: 10 mins Bake Time: 45 mins Bake Temp: 350
- 2 1/4 Cups Flour
- 1 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 400 ml Dairy Free Milk
- 2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F
- In a small bowl mix Dairy Free Milk and Apple Cider Vinegar and allow to sit while you prepare the dry ingredients.
- In a large bowl mix Flour, Sea Salt, and Baking Soda.
- Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.
- Mix until dough comes together by hand, and form a nice round loaf.
- Place on parchment lined baking sheet or Irish Bread Pan.
- Score the top of the bread with a cross.
- Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes.