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Irish Soda Bread Recipes Without Buttermilk

As you can probably guess, it is often a dangerous game to start giving substitutions for called ingredients in a given recipe which means it takes a lot of trial and error to get the art form down perfectly. There are times when you just do not have the called for ingredients and need to use something in your pantry, or there could be people in your house that are allergic to the ingredients that are supposed to be in the food and you are required to make changes to keep everyone safe.

Irish Soda Bread Without Buttermilk

One recipe that can be particularly tricky to get right is Irish soda bread if you don't have buttermilk on hand. Not many people keep buttermilk on hand anymore these days, so most look for tricks and ways to make Irish Soda Bread with regular milk instead. Below are a few tried and true recipes that will allow you to make this tasty bread without buttermilk and have it be as tasty as ever so no one will ever know the difference.

Irish Soda Bread Without Buttermilk Recipe 1:


  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar

  • 2 cups of regular milk (whole is preferred)

  • 4 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar

How to make it:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (if you have a baking stone, now would be the time to place it on the center rack of the oven)

  • Add vinegar to a large bowl, add milk in with it. Set the bowl aside and allow to sit

  • In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and sugar. Whisk it thoroughly

  • Once well mixed, make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk and vinegar mixture

  • Mix this together with a fork until the dough starts to form

  • Flour a flat surface lightly and flour your hands lightly

  • Gently knead the dough for about 20 seconds

  • Use a sharp knife and cut the dough into two equal pieces right down the middle

  • Once the dough is cut, shape the pieces into round loaves and just slightly flatten down the top of the dough

  • Using your sharp knife once again, cut a deep criss-cross shape on the top of each loaf. While you want the cuts to be deep, careful to make sure that you do not cut all the way through.

  • There is no need to let the bread rise or knead it again. Simply pop the loaves into the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes until the outside is a beautiful golden brown color.

  • Allow the bread to cool completely on a rack before serving it

Irish soda bread vegan Recipe 2

One reason soda bread is so popular is because it is SO fast and SO easy to make. You really only need about ten minutes of hands-on time and it cooks in less than forty minutes. As fast as it is made, you still get buttery, warm, comforting bread that just makes you feel good. Unfortunately, traditional Irish soda bread has buttermilk, and other recipes have regular milk and eggs! Thankfully, there are Irish soda bread recipes that are vegan friendly and just as tasty so you can have the best of both worlds!


  • 1 cup of plain white flour

  • 2/3 cups of wholemeal flour

  • 5/8 cups of traditional oats

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

  • 1 and 1/4 cups of dairy-free milk

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

How to make it:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

  • Take a baking tray or stone pizza tray and dust lightly with plain flour

  • Taking all of the dry ingredients, mix together in a medium-size bowl

  • Once mixed thoroughly, add in the oats, dairy-free milk, and apple cider vinegar. Stir carefully to combine

  • Stir the ingredients together until it becomes a dough, then use your lightly floured hands to form the dough into a ball

  • Place the ball of dough onto the baking tray, cut a very deep cross in the center of the dough (cutting this cross will help the middle of the bread cook through evenly)

  • Cook the bread for 30-35 minutes or until it is a beautiful golden-brown


Either one of these recipes are a perfect way to enjoy your Irish soda bread without needing to have buttermilk on hand and they will be just as delicious as ever. Even without buttermilk, the smell and warmth of the bread coming out of the oven will give you soft feelings and fond memories of home that just make you smile and feel good.

Whether you decide to use buttermilk or not, you may be wondering what the best way to enjoy this decadent bread would be. This bread can be served as a bread bowl with a nice soup inside for extra heartiness and warmth, a piece of bread on top of soup, or cut up and mixed in with your favorite salad to add extra crunchiness and bring out the flavors of the dressing.

You can really use this bread with anything that just makes you smile a little bit, with a meal or as a snack on its own. Do not forget to save what you don't eat the day you make it and toast it the next morning to put jam, butter, or cheese on for a wonderful hearty baked breakfast spread.


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