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Vegan Irish Soda Bread






No St. Patty's day meal is complete without homemade Irish Soda bread!

There's nothing better than a fresh slice of steamy, warm bread with vegan butter and jam on a drizzly Spring day! This recipe is easy peasy and deliciously vegan too!


Ingredients:



  • 250g plain white flour

  • 250g plain wholemeal flour

  • 100g porridge oats

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 25g butter, cut in cubes

  • 500ml Vegan buttermilk ( *or make your own, add 1 Tbsp lemon juice to plain oat, soy or nut milk, let sit 10 mins.)


Method:


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C and dust a baking sheet with flour.

  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter.

  • Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips (handle it very, very gently).

  • Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm/8in in diameter.

  • Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top. This is both Magick & Tradition, as this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through!

  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.

  • Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, break into quarters, then break or cut each quarter in half to make 8 wedges or slices – or simply slice across. It's best eaten very fresh, but also a treat toasted with Butter, jam and a cuppa too!



Happy St. Patricks day..and also St. Gertrude days, Patron saint of cats!

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