Hey Juicers! I hope you’re hungry; because today I’m sharing one of my newfound favourite recipes! Super easy vegan soda bread. And this recipe is SO fab; you’ll be biting into your delicious loaf in just an hour! Yum.
But first, a little back story! So the other day my partner and I were watching the food network and I saw this fabulous recipe on tv for a soda bread. The only issue was; it was made with buttermilk. Now, for some people that may not be an issue-but as someone who is lactose intolerant, and not a baby cow.. dairy milk just wasn’t going to work for me!
However I quickly remembered a trick I’d learnt from baking in the past: that it was really easy to make your own buttermilk in a pinch by introducing vinegar into regular milk.
Of course; I wasn’t using ‘regular’ milk-but I figured it was worth a shot with non dairy milk anyways! So I poured my soy milk into the measuring cup and added a couple spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar. Sure enough, it started to behave the same way dairy milk did! Its actually pretty grim looking if I’m being honest; the milk separated and got a little funky looking. Kind of like when you put milk into your coffee and those little white bits are floating around in your mug! Yuck! But in this case; that was exactly what we wanted to see. So at that point I knew we were off to the races!
I combined all the ingredients just like i saw on tv; and although the loaf looked a little wet and sticky I just figured I’d throw it into the over and hope for the best. So I put my timer on for 40 minutes and started to tidy the kitchen.. then I started pacing up and down the kitchen. ‘Oh god’ I thought to myself.. ‘I’ve just wasted a whole 500 grams of flour’. I dont know why, but I was certain my loaf was just going to turn into a hot mess. I was o impatient for that timer to go off. But I Was good- I didn’t sneak a peek in the oven to see how things were going because I knew that if I did I’d be letting out all that heat and surely make things worse. FINALLY the timer went off. I opened the oven door.. it looked like a regular loaf of bread! I was thrilled. Then I knocked on the back of the loaf with my knuckles to make sure it sounded hollow and sure enough she was good to go. Now I just had to sit patiently and wait for it to cool so I could cut into it! I’m happy to report it tasted just as great as it smelled; and I’ve made 3 other loaves since then just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke that it turned out! (Okay.. and also because I’m now addicted to making my own bread haha)
I will say, with the other loaves I’ve tried I have learnt a couple lessons so far:
- Halving the recipe to make smaller loaves does work; but you will end up with a denser bread with less rise. Think savoury biscotti.
- If you decide to make a sweet loaf ( I tried a cinnamon raisin because that was always a favourite of mine growing up) then make sure you add a couple teaspoons of sugar because otherwise it’ll just be a savoury loaf with raisins. (Like, duh Juicy amirite?)
- Vegan cheese works REALLY WELL grated and sprinkled on top of your loaf! It’ll add some extra dimension and flavour and plus it creates a really cool looking effect as it turns golden brown. Jut make sure it doesn’t burn.
- Melting A tablespoon of marmite with hot water and pouring it into your milk mixture will also add a lot of depth to your loaf- I definitely recommend you try it; even if you’re not normally a huge fan of marmite.
- If you decide to add seeds or nuts, be sure to incorporate them into the loaf itself not just on top! Or else your seeds will be HELLA toasty and will probably fall right off when you flip the loaf over to check that its done.
Other than that; I think this is one of the easiest recipes Ive ever made! I will say that I’ve only tried this weighting out the ingredients on a scale and not using cup measures- but in my experience my baking always turns out better when I use a scale. Now of course I know not everyone has a scale; and for a long time I didn’t have one either because I thought they were too expensive and unnecessary. BUT if you do bake a lot or intend to; I assure you they are well worth their weight in gold. And I feel like they’re also a lot cheaper than they used to be, so treat yourself babe! And anyways, with all the money you’ll save by making your own bread it’ll definitely pay for itself very quickly.
Anyways, that’s all for me today juicers! I hope you give my recipe a try and leave a comment below telling me how you liked it. Or if you try any fun flavour combinations I’d love to hear about that as well!!
Sending you lots of love and well wishes always,