Vegan Browned Butter Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is based off of one I found from an old Bon Appetit Magazine.  Once I learned how to create this vegan version of buttermilk, I knew I could make this bread and it is delicious!  Serve at room temperature (or even better, warm with a little vegan margarine).  Just look at how moist, dense and YUMMY this looks!


The best part of this bread is that there is no waiting for it to rise.  Just mix and bake.

Let’s begin with the browned butter.  Heat the margarine in a small sauce pan until it becomes golden brown.  Watch carefully, as it can go too far very quickly.  Set aside to cool.

browned butter

One of the biggest issues with traditional soda bread is that it uses buttermilk.  Luckily, there is a very simple solution for us vegans.  Into a glass measuring cup, place the almond (or soy) milk and the vinegar.  It will foam and curdle.  Don’t get nervous!  This is what we are looking for.  To create the properties of a true buttermilk.  This will help the bread rise and lighten it a bit.

buttermilk 1

Here’s what it looks like after 5 minutes.  Not very appealing at this point, is it 🙂

buttermilk 2

While the buttermilk mixture is working it’s magic, mix together the dry ingredients until well combined.

dry mixture

Add the cooled browned butter and the buttermilk mixture.  DO NOT OVERMIX or your bread will become tough.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until it becomes smooth.


Place onto your baking sheet and with a very sharp knife, cut the traditional “x” into the dough, brush with a bit of almond milk (this would be the “egg” wash) and sprinkle with a bit of black pepper.

x in dough

Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted comes clean.

out of the oven

Pull apart the bread and serve warm or at room temperature.  Equally yummy!browned butter irish soda bread apart

Vegan Browned Butter Irish Soda Bread Recipe



  • 1/4 C vegan Margarine such as Earth Balance
  • 3-1/2 C All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 C Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1 Tbl Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Pepper plus more for topping
  • 1-3/4 C Almond Milk or Soy
  • 2 Tbl Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the almond milk and vinegar in a glass measuring cup and set the time for 5 minutes. We are creating a vegan version of buttermilk for this recipe. You will see foaming and curdling. This is what we are looking for.
  3. In a small sauce pan, heat the margarine over medium heat until it becomes golden brown. Be careful not to scorch it.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. Combine. Then add the melted browned butter and the buttermilk mixture. DO NOT OVER MIX. The bread will be more tender the less you handle it.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 6 of 7 turns, just until it comes together and is smooth in appearance.
  6. Place on silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and brush with a small amount of almond milk. Top with a sprinkle of black pepper. Now, using a very sharp knife, slice a deep "X" in the top of the loaf. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
 Irish Soda Bread
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