Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread (Vegan Style)

 Happy St. Patricks Day!
I decided to celebrate by making irish soda bread (but in a dutch oven).

(Because a lot of people don't know) Irish soda bread is leavened with baking soda instead of yeast, using buttermilk to activate the baking soda. Which means no, pepsi isn't an ingredient in this bread, sorry.

Also, when I say dutch oven, I don't mean my oven was made in the Netherlands. A dutch oven is a ceramic or cast iron cooking dish used to make bread or casseroles. For bread making, dutch ovens produce a crispy crust and is popularly used for "no knead breads." Also, my roommate was nice enough to let me use hers for any bread making I may do while I am living here, so eh, why throw some irish soda bread in there?


You can't have St. Patty's Day without green, so I chopped up an apple and folded it into the dough, but of course you could always replace the apple with caraway seeds, orange zest, or raisins. However, traditionally, this bread didn't have any flavorful ingredients folded in. I hope I'm not insulting anyone when I say that I prefer to be untraditional. We can call it 'neoclassical'. 


Vegan Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Adapted from: Fantastic Food
Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour 
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 apple, diced (optional)

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine non-dairy milk and white vinegar and stir. Let rest for five minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sift the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. 
  4. Add the "buttermilk" to the flour mixture and knead until the dough comes together. Fold in chopped apples. 
  5. Form dough into a round and place in a lightly floured dutch oven or on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Use a paring knife to score an X into the center of the loaf 1/4" deep. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown on the outside and a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into the inside. 
  6. Serve warm and slathered in jam (my favorite way to eat this bread).

 PS: I'm a tad bit late posting this, with two hours so St. Patricks Day remaining. I apologize for that, but I do promise that there is no law against making this bread on any day that is not March 17th. And even if there was, I would most definitely be charged guilty of that. 

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