Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with this crispy, savory Vegan Irish Soda Bread, made with whole wheat flour, orange zest and raisins. If you love vegan bread recipes, be sure to check out my Vegan Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread. There’s also my Vegan Savory Zucchini Bread recipe too.
My sister has been doing some work on our family lineage. She figured with a name like McMillen, there had to be some interesting stories in our family history. We already know on our mom’s side that we qualify to be in the Daughters of the American Revolution. I haven’t joined yet, but I hope to one of these days.
But on my dad’s side, my sister tracked us all the way back to some castle in Scotland. From there we hopped over to Ireland for awhile. I believe that’s one of the reasons we’re considered Scotts-Irish.
So, a castle in Scotland. Well, how cool is that. Now I’m ready for a road trip. 🙂
I don’t know if it’s my sister talking emphatically about all these ancestral stories or if it’s just the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, but I’ve been craving Irish-themed recipes lately.
So, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing with ya this Vegan Irish Soda Bread recipe.
Why You’ll Love Vegan Irish Soda Bread
You’re probably used to making homemade bread with yeast. Me too. But this artisanal loaf is made with baking soda instead. It creates a crispier quick bread, which is something we love. I think you will too.
Speaking of tradition, I’ve seen conflicting information about Irish Soda Bread, but at its very core, the ingredients usually include flour, baking soda, sour milk, and salt. That is the list from the purists.
It seems like the modern Irish Soda Bread, however, is made with a variety of add-ins, including orange zest and currants. Try as I may, I couldn’t find currants, a special variety of dried grapes. And I figured if I had trouble finding it, you might too. So that’s why I used a variety of mixed dried fruit, including raisins, golden raisins, and dried cranberries.
I also used some orange zest to really bring out the flavors of the dried fruit. So, you might ask, is this a savory bread or a sweet bread?
I like to think of it like a crossover vehicle, somewhere between a pickup truck, a station wagon, and a car. But this vegan Irish soda bread is definitely on the savory side, it just has some fruity flavors.
The trick to the vegan Irish soda bread is that it’s great fresh out of the oven. But with a little toasting, is pretty good even days later.
If you’re wondering how to create a vegan sour milk (aka buttermilk), all you do is add a little apple cider vinegar to some delicious, creamy Silk milk.
The Velveteen Recipe
I believe in the Velveteen Rabbit form of cooking. What does that mean? Good question. So, here’s my theory: A recipe doesn’t become real until you own it. So, I just think you should love on this recipe a little, and let it be truly yours.
Sappy, I know. I just can’t help myself! 🙂
So, if you need some ideas to get the ball rolling, here’s some ways I’d change up this vegan Irish soda bread:
- Chopped pecans would add a nice touch
- If you don’t have an orange handy, the orange zest is not necessary
- Sprinkle the top with some flaky sea salt before baking
- Add some cracked pepper to the dough for a spicy taste
- Now, this is really creative, but what if you added some finely chopped spinach leaves to the dough, to give it some green goodness!
- Try different flours for different flavors and textures. I used whole wheat, but I could also see using white wheat flour or buckwheat flour
- Ooh. How about adding a clove of finely chopped garlic to the dough!
I love having fun with my food. Don’t you? So, play around with this recipe until you get it exactly the way you want it. It’s just one more thing I love about making things at home rather than going out to eat: I get to make things exactly the way I want them. And, to be honest, sometimes Shawn and I have different tastes. If you’re in that boat too, simply divide this dough into two separate, smaller loaves, and put different flavors in each loaf. That way everyone’s happy!
That’s what I’m after. Happiness for all.
I think I need a sash or something. Hmm?
The Ingredients Make a Difference
This Vegan Irish Soda Bread is special, no doubt. One of the reasons is because it’s made using Silk Protein Original Soymilk. We love having this Silk Soymilk around for our savory dishes such as our vegan mashed potatoes!
Silk’s dairy-free products are a regular part of our vegan pantry staples. I love that Silk products are so accessible. You can find Silk at Target, the local grocery store, and health food stores. It’s everywhere! That makes being vegan so much easier. Then there’s that rich, creamy flavor Silk products add to my vegan recipes. Love it!
The Silk Protein Soymilk has around 100 calories per cup and boasts 50% more calcium than the stuff that comes from cows. What’s more, it’s cholesterol or saturated fat free. It does come with a lot of NO on the package. As in, no dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, MSG, artificial colors, or flavorings. My response to all those no’s? Yes! And one more bonus to sweeten the deal, Silk is certified by the Non-GMO product verification process.
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You know, we really are loving this recipe for Vegan Irish Soda Bread. We hope you will too. If you decide to make it, snap a photo and share it with us using #namelymarly on Instagram. We LOVE seeing your photos!
- 1 ¾ cups Silk Soymilk Original Protein
- 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon Coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 4 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Heat your oven to 400F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine the Silk soymilk and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Set aside.
In a food processor bowl, combine whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Pulse a few seconds to combine.
Chop the vegan butter into cubes and add to the flour. Pulse until it resembles a course meal, about 10 or so seconds. Add the raisins, orange zest, flax seed meal, and cornstarch. Pulse to combine. Pour this into a mixing bowl. Create a well in the middle.
Pour the soy buttermilk mixture vegan milk into the center of the bowl and stir from the center outward, incorporating the flour as you go.
Knead the dough in the bowl, only to incorporate additional flour until you have worked it all in and a dough ball forms. Don't knead too much.
Place the dough ball on your prepared pan. Make sure some raisins are popping through the top. If not grab some from the bottom and push them into the sides and top, for a more rustic finished loaf. Use a knife to cut an X into the top.
Bake 40 - 45 minutes.*** When you tap the top of the loaf, it should have a hollow sound. That lets you know it's done.
When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving warm.
* I used 3 cups whole wheat flour and the rest all-purpose flour.
** I could not find currants so I used a combination of regular and yellow raisins.
*** If the top crust starts to get too dark, create a "tent" using aluminum foil to protect the top
Finally, if you’re into vegetarian or vegan flan Irish recipes, check these babies out:
- Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream by Oh She Glows
- Hearty Lager Irish Stew by Vegetarian Times Magazine
- Vegan Irish Potato Cakes by Vegan Richa
- Or how about my Vegan Shamrock Shake? So good!
Whatever vegan dish you’re kicking your heels over while exclaiming, “Top o’ the morning to ya,” enjoy!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.