I've got to be honest, I don't know much about my Irish heritage. But here's the thing about being a food blogger, it doesn't matter if I know anything as long as I have a recipe up that sort of fits into whatever holiday is coming up next. For instance when St. Patrick's Day comes around, the entire food blogging community loses their collective minds and starts pumping out recipes full of green food dye and drowned in whiskey. It's glorious, and the it's the reason I'm able to present this vegan chocolate chip Irish soda bread to you.
It's not so traditional, at least I don't think it is. I've never actually had Irish soda bread before, but here's what I know:
- It's dense, almost like cornbread
- it's slightly sweet, and can be eaten as a savory or sweet addition to you meal
- there's no yeast, so it relies on baking soda reactions to help it rise
So it's basically a quick bread, and that's definitely up my alley. I used a aquafaba to bind everything together and vegan substitutions for most of the other ingredients. Super easy, takes like 90 minutes total, and it can be made completely in your stand mixer using the dough hook if you're fancy.
I chose to go the sweet route with this one, adding chocolate chips instead of raisins or whatever. But it's not too sweet, more of like a second dessert. You know, to follow the giant piece of cake you ate for first dessert. Don't pretend you don't do that.Read More