Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread And Sweet Potato Leek Soup

I couldn’t resist baking up a loaf of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread.

A bowl of Sweet Potato and Leek Soup with a slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread

A favourite of mine to accompany a hot bowl of soup on a cold and blustery day.

The Irish Soda Bread recipe originates from the Canadian Living Step By Step Cookbookspying this recipe had me craving a slice…now I just needed a bowl of soup!

I came across a very simple recipe for Potato Leek Soup over at lucys friendly foods. Click here for the original recipe.

I just so happened to have most of the ingredients…a partly used carton of vegetable stock and leeks were already in my refrigerator, however, I switched up the potato with sweet potato.

Three simple ingredients = a quick, easy, nutritious soup!

With a soup recipe to try…I had the perfect excuse to bake a loaf of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread! Click here for Canadian Living’s original recipe.

Click here for the post I did on a plain version of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread.

Of course, I made a few adaptions:

Buttermilk replacement: 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk with Natur-a Soy Beverage (for a soy free version use Natur-a Rice Beverage) mixed with 1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar.
Flour replacement: I used 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour.
Flaxseed replacement:  I used and equal amount of flaxmeal and I sprinkled the top with flaxmeal instead of the unbleached all-purpose flour.

Tip: The dough is very sticky when you mix the wet with the dry ingredients…I mean very sticky

Kneading the very sticky Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread with lots of extra flour

I encourage you to make sure you really dust with flour the area that you will be kneading the dough, as well as, have a pile of flour at your finger tips to dust the top of the dough in between kneading to reduce the amount of stickiness. The picture above shows my completed kneading of the dough with the extra flour to the side.

Enjoy!

Toasted Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread spread with homemade strawberry jam

Delicious toasted with jam, honey or a spread of Vegan Becel Margarine.

P.S. Posting my favourite winter soup soon.

P.P.S. Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily is having another giveaway of one of her beautiful handmade items. Click here to check it out!

What is your favourite winter soup…what do you like to accompany it?

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Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread

By the middle of the week and still without a bread machine (it died on the weekend)…I decided I needed to try something new…

Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread

Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread

A quick and easy bread…crispy on the outside…soft and tender on the inside.

I found a nice simple recipe for Traditional Irish Soda Bread at Canadian Living…click here for the original recipe.

The only adaption needed was for the buttermilk…I replaced it with an equal amount of Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 2 tbsp of white vinegar. (for a soy free version use Natur-a Rice Beverage)

Now I have to say, Michael was a bit sceptical of the bread…”Is it going to taste like bread?”, he inquired.

Well, let’s be honest…Irish Soda Bread is not known for being ‘light’. It is a dense, chewy, hearty bread…suited well, paired with a hearty stew.  

But just as nice with a drizzle of honey.

A slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread drizzled with honey

First bite in…”Mmmm, this is good!”, Micheal announced with a note of relief in his voice.

He ate the first piece so fast this is all that was left of it by the time I got the camera.

Michael's almost finished slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread

Matthew tasted a slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread when he arrived back from his first exam.

Matthew's slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread spread with Vegan Becel Margarine

“It’s really good with the ‘butter’ (Vegan Becel Margarine)”, Matthew mumbled, while chewing on a mouthful.

Enjoy!

Tip:  This dough is very sticky…I mean very sticky. Make sure you really flour your surface and the top of the dough before kneading it approximately 10 times. Keep adding flour to create a smooth, round dough.

P.S. Luck was with me when I took a gander at the flyers yesterday…I noticed it was the last day for 50% off a Black & Decker All-in-One Automatic Breadmaker at Canadian Tire .

Phew…just in time for Friday Night Pizza Night!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles

I surprised my boys this weekend with homemade, freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles!

A couple of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles topped with Vegan Becel Margarine and pure maple syrup

Scrumpdelicious!

I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled upon a recipe…already void of eggs…that I could easily adapt to meet Michael’s food allergens. (dairy, egg, beef, lamb, sesame, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, mustard and raspberries)

All I needed was a waffle maker. Again, luck was on my side when I discovered Cuisinart’s new product…Griddler Waffle Plates! As I already own a Cuisinart Griddler…the waffle plates were the perfect choice.

The original recipe comes from my Bon Appetit Magazine’s  March 2009 issue. Click here for their recipe. I substituted the 2 cups of buttermilk with 2 cups of Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 2 tbsp of white vinegar that sat in the fridge for an hour. (for a soy free version use Natur-a Rice Beverage) I substituted the 6 tbsp of melted butter for 6 tbsp of canola oil.

The boys hovered near by as the batter was carefully ladled into the waffle plates.  Michael started frying up some bacon to accompany the Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles while both the boys anxiously waited for the waffle batter to bake.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles in the Cuisinart Waffle Plates

Four minutes in the Griddler…perfection!

Topped with Vegan Becel Margarine and pure maple syrup…rave reviews soon followed.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles topped with Vegan Becel Margarine and pure maple syrup ready to enjoy

Crispy and light…definitely a double thumbs up!

I saved a couple of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles for Michael to toast the this morning for breakfast.

Enjoying a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffle

Enjoy!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffins

What a treat…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffins with my favourite topping…homemade Strawberry Jam.

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin with homemade Strawberry Jam

Oh so yummy! Crispy on the outside with a soft, chewy, craggy inside…this adaptation of an English Muffin surpasses anything purchased in a package at the grocery store!

I couldn’t resist trying to adapt another one of Canadian Living Magazine’s December 2012 ‘Griddle Me This’ recipes…English Muffins. Click here for the original recipe.

I replaced the warm milk with Natur-a Soy Beverage (for a soy free version use Natur-a Rice Beverage), the melted unsalted butter with canola oil and the egg with 1 tbsp of flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp of water that has been refrigerated for at least 15 minutes to set. (add the egg as in the original recipe)

A bit time consuming…but when there are no other options for an allergy friendly English Muffin…one finds the time. Perfect for the weekend!

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to the smell of a perfectly toasted Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin before heading off to school/work?

I surprised the boys after school with the smell of my first batch of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffins cooking on the stove top and baking in the oven…my timing was perfect!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffins cooking in a cast iron pan.

Matthew perfectly pried open his Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin with a fork and spread it with a layer of Vegan Becel Margarine.

Matthew's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin spread with Vegan Becel Margarine

He savoured every bite.

Michael enjoyed his spread with Vegan Becel Margarine with the addition of a drizzle of his favourite topping…local honey.

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin with local honey

Andy enjoyed his toasted Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin for dessert…slathered with Vegan Becel Margarine and homemade Strawberry Jam. “This is really good!”, he exclaimed with a note of surprise in his voice.

“This would be awesome as a breakfast sandwich!”, he announced excitedly. As Michael is allergic to eggs…perhaps a Peameal Bacon Sandwich?

Delicious straight out of the oven yet perfectly wonderful toasted the next morning for breakfast, snack, or even dessert!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffins are yet another great option for my teenaged son who arrives perplexed at the breakfast table every morning as to what to eat along with his Dairy Free Hot Chocolate.

P.S. Between the Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpets and the English Muffinsthe English Muffins were the favourite. Michael is already hinting for me to bake up another batch!

P.P.S: The link to the Canadian Living Magazine recipe for English Muffins is missing a couple of important paragraphs in their directions. Below are the missing paragraphs that start after the 1 1/2 hour rest period.

“Mix baking powder with 1 tbsp water; stir into dough. Heat griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium heat; brush with some of the oil.  Sprinkle with some of the cornmeal.  Drop dough by scant 1/4 cup onto griddle, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) between each.  Cook until bottoms are browned, 7 to 8 minutes.

Brush each top with oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp cornmeal.  Flip and cook until browned, 7 to 8 minutes.  Repeat with remaining dough.”

Tip: Michael toasted his Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin whole…then pried it open to reveal a warm interior perfect for his toppings. He also tried toasting his English Muffin sliced.

Andy toasted his Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin whole, without any slicing at all…he just spread the Vegan Becel Margarine and homemade Strawberry Jam right on top.

Michael agreed that his father’s technique was the tastiest! Preferring honey to the jam.

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free English Muffin spread with Vegan Becel Margarine and drizzled with honey

Enjoy!

Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpets

Tea and Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpets anyone?

Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpet with homemade Strawberry Jam

Or in my boys’ case…a mug of Dairy Free Hot Chocolate!

I am always on the look out for breakfast ideas to adapt…Michael tends to fall into a ‘breakfast rut’…whereas, Mattthew is quite content with his bowl of hot oatmeal with milk and pure maple syrup. 

Pre-packaged crumpets at the grocery store (may contain dairy, sesame seeds, and/or egg) are off-limits due to his food allergies. Enter Canadian Living Magazine’s December 2012 article, ‘Griddle Me This’, to the rescue!

I was so excited to find a recipe for Crumpets that I could easily adapt. With no egg in the recipe, I just had to substitute Natur-a Soy or Rice beverage for the milk. Click here for the original recipe.

A bit time-consuming, as the batter needs to rise for an hour in a warm draft-free place. ( I turned on the oven for a few minutes to take the chill out, turned it off, and then placed my bowl covered in plastic wrap inside to rest)

I improvised with the 3-inch ring mold and used a 3 inch fluted cookie cutter…worked fine but could only make one crumpet at a time.

Cooking Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpets in a cast iron pan

Upon turning the crumpet over, I started another crumpet.

Michael’s eyes lit up when he heard that I was making Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpets for an after school snack.

Matthew hovered over me…anxiously waiting a fresh from the grill, allergy friendly crumpet… “Are they ready, now?”

The boys loved them!

A Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpet with Vegan Becel Margarine drizzled with local honey.

The boys’ favourite topping…Vegan Becel Margarine drizzled with local honey.

All but three, Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpets, were gobbled up.

Enjoying a Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Crumpet

Michael enjoyed one toasted for his breakfast along with a mug of Dairy Free Hot Chocolate before he headed off to school.

Enjoy!

P.S. To save time, I cut the recipe in half…next time I would use a proper 3-inch ring mold and make a full batch, freezing any leftovers to toast for a quick breakfast or snack.

Tip: If you find yourself, like I did, forgetting to add the canola oil…don’t worry…gently mixing it in after the hour rest works fine.