I’m going to hop right in to this….this Soda Bread is my favorite quick bread yet. It’s so fast that I won’t be buying bread for a long time. I can decide to make bread and 45 minutes later be eating it for lunch, we just love it.
The best thing about this Dairy free Soda Bread recipe is…..yes, you guessed it….it’s that it’s dairy free. So you don’t need to have buttermilk in the fridge.
Personally, I don’t enjoy the density that results of the use of dairy in a soda bread, it’s just too heavy for my taste, that’s why I came up with this version.
As you can see in the recipe below, it honestly couldn’t be simpler. Flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt a touch of honey and some plain vinegar to get the baking soda going, that’s it. Don’t let the vinegar scare you off, because it is just a little bit to replace the acidity from the buttermilk in conventional recipes. And you do not taste it at all.
I’ve been baking this Spelt Soda Bread every day for the last few months and my family absolutely loves it.
I use organic Spelt flour, so super healthy and absolutely no additives!
Give it a try, you’ll see what I mean. And I would love to hear your comments.
This loaf will keep for 2 days at room temperature but is best eaten the same day. It does freeze well. Freeze in a zip lock bag and take out slices as you need them.
This is a small loaf and will serve 3 to 4 people
Prep time is 10-15 minutes
Cooking time is 30 minutes
1 1/2 cups / 170 gr. whole grain Spelt flour
2 cups / 240 gr. white Spelt flour
1 tsp. / 5 gr. baking soda
1/2 tsp./ 2.5 gr. baking powder
1/2 tsp./2.5 gr. salt (for kosher salt you might need a little more)
2 tsp./ 10 ml. of honey
2 tsp./ 10 ml. apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar
1 1/8 cups. / 270ml. cup hand warm water
Pre heat oven to 400 F / 200 C, with baking tray in the middle position of the oven.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Gently mix together until well combined (I always use a whisk)
In a jug mix honey with water and vinegar and stir to combine.
Don’t mix bread until your oven is hot. This because baking soda only works for about 30 minutes, we need all the leavening action we can get so wait until oven is hot!
Then add water/honey/vinegar mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine. Quickly shape into a ball, adding a little extra flour if you need it. Place on parchment paper and make a cut or two in the ball of dough. Quickly place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
The loaf should sound hollow when tapped on, also pierce with a wooden skewer all the way through to make sure loaf is thoroughly cooked.
A great little tip is to place a small (oven safe) bowl with hot water in the back of the oven, moisture will help rise the dough and I actually do this with all my breads. I hope you love this loaf as much as we do.
A Spelt Soda Bread to remember!