Irish Soda Bread

Disclaimer: I am not Irish whatsoever. But I do have a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. I make Guinness cupcakes and soda bread So I can wash them down with the rest of the Guinness. Not a bad idea, right?

This soda bread is incredibly easy - as long as you aren’t afraid of some sticky dough hands! That’s just an excuse to eat the dough in my book.

Okay, get to baking! Tell me about your St. Patty’s day traditions in the comments or share on Instagram! Tag @veggie.passport and #veggiepassport.


4 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp cold vegan butter, diced (I use Earth Balance)
1 ½ cups non-dairy milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp orange zest (optional, but encouraged)
1 cup dried currants
Extra vegan butter, for serving

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush a baking sheet with melted butter or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar to your non-dairy milk of choice and let it sit while you work on the next ingredients.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into your dry mixture until the butter is crumbled to pea-sizes.
  4. Gradually stir in the milk/vinegar and orange zest, until the dough is formed and milk is combined. Mix the currants into the dough. It will be very wet.
  5. Place on a lightly floured board and pat into an 8-inch flattened round loaf.
  6. Place loaf on baking sheet and cut a 1/2-inch deep "X" into the top of the dough with a serrated knife.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the top is golden.
  8. Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or room temperature, with butter.