Soda Bread is a staple of Irish cuisine and comes in innumerable variations. Traditionally made with caraway seeds and raisins, it is as delicious at breakfast as it is at dinner. Typically, Irish Soda Bread contains both eggs, butter and buttermilk. I’ve adapted the following recipe from Epicurious. This one omits the caraway seeds and includes chocolate chips – making it a good after dinner on the 17th and at breakfast on the 18th.
**Note: Irish Soda Bread is meant to be prepared with a minimum of handling and kneading. Handle the dough gently. The more you manipulate the dough, the tougher it will become.
- 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted vegan or dairy-free butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 6 ounces nut-free semisweet chocolate chips
- 6 ounces candied orange peel, diced (optional)
- 1 1/4 cups dairy-free buttermilk (2 Tbsp. white vinegar combined with 2 cups soy milk; let sit 5-10 minutes before use)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of Ener-G Egg Replacer mixed well with 2 Tbsp. water