Caramelised onion and cheese soda bread

soda breadA huge fan of the Great British Bake Off, I decided to set myself a challenge to recreate at least one recipe per show in vegan form. I did manage some recipes, but my interest in the challenge tapered off half-way through.

One recipe, which I’m glad I did invest time in was soda bread. My previous experiences with soda bread were disappointing however I watched the show and learned that the buttermillk reaction is critical. So a little bit of research and a little bit of imagination and I entered the kitchen with a positive state of mind. In just over an hour, the result is amazing. Even my omni husband and his best friend loved it.

I think the balance of flavours is just right, however I might be tempted to add 1tsp of both mustard and smoked paprika next time, just for a little more heat. I’ve got some vegan garlic soft cheese in the fridge and I think I’m going to have to try it with that.


  • 350g plain flour
  • 20g nutritional yeast
  • 130g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp powdered mustard
  • Black pepper
  • 60g of soy cheese grated
  • Half a red onion finely chopped
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 40g soy or vegetable spread melted
  • 300ml of soy milk
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 180/200 degrees centigrade
  2. Add the lemon juice to your soy milk and set aside
  3. Add your chopped onion to a skillet with a little soy or vegetable spread and a little sunflower oil and slowly cook until the onions start to turn brown, add the balsamic vinegar and carefully coat the onion until all moisture has been absorbed – set aside to cool down
  4. In a bowl mix the plain flour, nutritional yeast, wholemeal flour, bicarbonate of soda, smoked paprika, mustard, black pepper and grated cheese
  5. Once the onion has cooled down, slowly add it to the dry ingredients, ensuring it is dispersed throughout the mixture as much as possible
  6. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add your melted soy/vegetable butter (or use sunflower oil) and enough of the soy milk (which should have started to thicken/curdle with the lemon juice) to make a sticky dough
  7. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently but quickly work it to bring it together into a large ball
  8. Place it on your baking tray and flatten the dough slightly and then using a wooden spoon or the back of a knife – you want to divide the mixture into four pieces but without completely separating
  9. Dust with a mixture of nutritional yeast and wholemeal flour and bake in the oven until golden brown (about 30-40 mins) or until the mixture in the centre (where you made the ‘cuts’) is dry
  10. Soda bread is designed to be eaten immediately, so serve with some pickles and maybe more of your favourite soy cheese or some hummus with a glass of wine! The perfect any season supper!



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