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The vegan recipe is a festive alternative to traditional soda bread.
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How to make green Irish soda bread at home:
1½ cups all purpose flour
1½ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup non-dairy milk
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
125g fresh spinach (about two cups, packed)
Rolled oats, sunflower seeds, or caraway seeds for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a blender, combine nondairy milk, vinegar, and spinach leaves and blend until completely smooth. Pour all but about 1 tablespoon of the spinach and milk mix into the flour. Using a spatula or spoon stir into the flour just until combined.
Divide the dough into three to make small, 6-inch loaves. Toss some extra flour onto your balls of dough and transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Flatten them just slightly so that they bakes evenly and slash an "X" into the tops with a knife. Don't go too deep, just a surface slash. If you are sprinkling anything on top, use that remaining tablespoon of spinach/milk mixture to brush on the loaves before sprinkling the toppings.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly browned and the tops feel crust.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Be sure to throw a clean dish towel over them and let them cool down under it. This will ensure that the loaves stay tender. Enjoy them with vegan butter, preserves, or olive oil.
You can make about three loaves that are about 5-6 inches in diameter or go for one large loaf or two slightly smaller ones, however the bake time might be a bit longer. Watch after 30 minutes and bake until slightly browned on the top and bottom.
This soda bread is best eaten on the day its made.
Rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and caraway seeds make for a good topping - sprinkle on the bread before baking.
If you're not a fan of spinach, you can skip it. Just add another ¼ cup of non dairy milk in its place.