I love Irish food. Loved it even before we actually tasted it for real in Ireland on our trip there several years ago.
I love the salmon. The boxty potato cakes. Guinness-laced beef stew. Scones.
And especially the soda bread.
The problem with soda bread though is that it’s usually made with buttermilk. So if you’re kosher and don’t eat dairy products at a meat meal, or if you have food sensitivities or allergies to dairy, you can’t have any.
Unless of course you have a very good dairy-free recipe.
Which I do!
Here it is:
Dairy-free Irish Soda Bread
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Mix the flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Add the water and cider vinegar and mix the ingredients into a soft dough. Work in the raisins with your hands. If you use the caraway seeds, work them in at the same time as the raisins. Lightly flour a pastry board or a clean work surface. Knead the dough on the floured surface 18 to 20 times. Use more flour on the board if the dough seems sticky. Shape the dough into a ball, and then flatten it slightly. Cut a small “X” on the top with the tip of a sharp knife. Place the dough on the baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
(for dairy bread: use 1-1/2 cups buttermilk instead of the water plus cider vinegar)