St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party: Traditional Irish Soda Bread (Vegan)

This traditional Irish soda bread was so unbelievably easy to make. Between this and my beer bread, I don’t think I will ever again make regular bread that requires kneading, resting and all that.

I did a lot of internet searching for a recipe for traditional Irish soda bread–I found a lot of variations, and stumbled upon a number of rants (like this one) that real Irish soda bread has ONLY 4 ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk.

I hope this recipe won’t spark any rants, but I cannot eat dairy so I veganized this recipe with a combination of soy milk and white vinegar to create the illusion of buttermilk.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread


2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 + 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup soy milk
1 Tbsp white vinegar


  1. Sift together dry ingredients. Whisk together soy milk and vinegar, then add to dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a dough.
  2. Spread into well-greased loaf pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes until the bottom is hollow and a toothpick comes out clean.

The cost:
soy milk: 1.69
other ingredients: <0.99

Grand total: $2.68ish

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