Prep Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 - 45 minutes
For those just starting out with vegan cooking, making bread can be difficult. Complicated braids and designs can lead to hours spent and plenty of leftovers. When it comes to baking something new, it's a good idea to begin with something simple. This Irish soda bread recipe has few ingredients and needs less kneading and rising time.
By starting out with this recipe, you can make a vegan bread with reliable results. For something extra, add extras like cranberries or caraway seeds into the mix.
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk [can be substituted for soy milk]
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup vegan margarine
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice [can be substituted for apple cider vinegar]
- 1 tablespoon raw sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Pour the almond milk and lemon juice into a measuring cup, stir together and set aside. The mixture will start to foam.
- In a small pan over medium heat, heat the margarine until it becomes golden brown.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and soda, sugar, steel cut oats, pepper and salt. Using an electric mixer, mix until combined.
- Pour the almond milk/lemon juice mixture and margarine into the bowl and mix, but be careful not to overdo this step.
- Place your newly-made dough onto a floured surface. knead for 6 - 7 minutes, or until it's smooth.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 6 of 7 turns, just until it comes together and is smooth in appearance.
- Place the dough onto a greased baking sheet, and brush it with a small amount almond milk. With a serrated knife, cut an X shape on the top.
- Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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