Black Walnut and Fig Soda Bread

Irish soda bread gets it’s name from using baking soda instead of yeast for the leavening. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide. For this plant-based version of buttermilk, we use a nondairy milk with lemon juice.