Irish Soda Bread with a few slices cut off with a brown and white towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

No Yeast Vegan Irish Soda Bread in an Hour

Irish Soda Bread is a no-yeast bread that requires almost no kneading as well. Ready in an hour, this bread is a perfect side for any meal.

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Over a eyar ago now, when my book club was meeting in person instead of over Zoom (thanks COVID), I set out to make a vegan bread. We have one member who is allergic to dairy and another who doesn’t eat meat.

I had heard of Irish Soda Bread before, but never tried it. When I started looking up recipes, most weren’t dairy-free how they were written. I decided to try my hand at changing a few things to make it fit the dietary needs of everyone in the group.

Soda bread doesn’t use any yeast and you hardly have to knead the bread. In other words, it’s very simple! I like simple.

I replaced the milk with almond milk to have a dairy-free option. Truth time: I use almond milk in almost any recipe that calls for “milk” because that’s all we ever have at our house. Everything else in the recipe is already vegan-friendly which means it’s also dairy-free.

How Does the Bread Rise without Yeast?

Most bread products require yeast to give it that light, airy taste. Instead, this uses a combination of baking soda (hence soda bread) and vinegar. Remember those volcano science experiments? It works similar to that but without the explosion.

Step by Step

Ingredients

Prepare your soda bread ingredients. Measure out everything you need so you have it ready when you need it.

Ingredients for Irish soda bread in stainless steel bowls on a white and grey marble surface

Preparation

Mix the almond milk and vinegar in a small bowl and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Almond milk mixed with vinegar is a dairy-free substitute for buttermilk.

Liquid mixture for soda bread in a stainless steel bowl with a wire whisk on a white and grey marble surface

Preheat the oven to 375F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

Dry ingredients mixture for soda bread in a stainless steel bowl with a wire whisk on a white and grey marble surface

Add the milk mixture and stir with a fork until just combined.

Dough for soda bread in a stainless steel bowl with a wire whisk on a white and grey marble surface

On a lightly floured work surface, knead the dough for 30 seconds. Yes, 30 seconds of kneading is all that’s required for this bread! Shape the dough into an oval loaf and place on a cookie sheet or baking stone. Note: the bread will not fill out or expand as it bakes. Whatever shape it is now is exactly the shape it will be after baking.

Dough for soda bread in a log shape on a white and grey marble surface

Use a serrated knife to score the bread with a deep cross.

Soda bread dough with a cross cut into it on a baking stone

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the bread is done and golden-brown. Serve warm. I like to add a bit of vegan butter on mine to soften it up slightly.

Irish Soda Bread with a few slices cut off with a brown and white towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Leftover soda bread can be stored in a sealed container on the counter at room temperature. It should keep for at least 2-3 days.

Recipe

Originally Published On: March 3, 2021

Irish Soda Bread with a few slices cut off with a brown and white towel behind all on a wooden surface

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is a no-yeast bread that requires almost no kneading as well. Ready in an hour, this bread is a perfect side for any meal.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course:
Side Dish
Cuisine:
Irish
Keyword:
bread
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no yeast
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soda bread
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
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Vegan
Servings: 8 slices
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 13 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Mix the almond milk and vinegar in a small bowl and let it stand for 10-15 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt
  • Add the milk mixture and stir with a fork until just combined
  • On a lightly floured work surface, knead the dough for 30 seconds
  • Shape the dough into an oval loaf and place on a cookie sheet or baking stone
  • Use a serrated knife to score the bread with a deep cross
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the bread is done and golden-brown
  • Serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 246mg10%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Soda Bread FAQs

Why is it called Soda Bread?

Instead of using yeast, as most breads do, this one uses baking soda and vinegar to help it rise.

How can you make bread without yeast?

Just like in science experiments, when you mix baking soda with vinegar, they cause an “explosion”. Well, this doesn’t explode (thankfully) but that combination adds air to the bread.

What shape should I make my soda bread?

The shape is entirely up to you. I’ve seen it made perfectly round, oval, or long like a loaf of French bread. Just know that it doesn’t change shape as it bakes. So whatever shape you put it in the oven as, it will come out the same.

What does soda bread taste like?

Soda bread definitely tastes a bit different than regular bread. Soda bread is more dense and therefor heavier than an Italian or French bread loaf. The vinegar and baking soda do give it a slightly bitter taste, so it’s best when it’s being dipped in a sauce or spread with butter.

4 thoughts on “No Yeast Vegan Irish Soda Bread in an Hour”

  1. I love making bread! I always make ones that need yeast though so this will be very interesting. Can’t wait to try.

  2. Neely Moldovan

    5 stars
    I have never tried Irish soda bread, I don’t think! But I really love to make bread so going to try this for sure!

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