I am a self confessed breadaholic! and nothing beats the smell and taste of fresh bread just out of the oven. I like to make this sweet bread as it is great as a quick dessert or snack. There is very little fat and only a couple of table spoons of coconut sugar, meaning it is fairly healthy, whilst tasting indulgent and rich. The best thing about soda bread is that there is no need for yeast or proving. Just mix all the ingredients, slam it in the oven and the whole thing is ready in around 45 mins. The loaf is at its best when fresh and still warm, but it is also good toasted with jam or my vegan Nutella (click for the recipe here). Feel free to leave out the cranberries, chocolate and sugar and use this as a recipe as a basic vegan Irish soda bread.
Vegan Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Irish Soda Bread – makes a medium size loaf
400 ml almond milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
500 g flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp coconut sugar
100 g cranberries
75 g vegan friendly dark chocolate, cut into small chunks
Preheat your oven to 220 degrees or 200 degrees fan. Whisk the milk and vinegar together and leave to one side for at least 5 mins. Mix all the other dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Give the milk mixture another stir and slowly add bit by bit into the dry ingredients until it comes together and forms a wettish dough. You may not need to use all the milk. Form the dough into a ball shape, adding a little more flour if too sticky, try not to knead it too much or the bread will be tough.
Put onto a lined baking sheet and cut a deep cross into the top of the bread. Bake for 30 – 40 mins. Check the bread is done by inserting a skewer into the centre of the loaf, which should come out clean.