This gluten-free Irish soda bread is a super quick and easy version that’s slightly sweetened with honey so you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day any time you wish.
What Is Irish Soda Bread?
Irish soda bread is a quick bread in which sodium bicarbonate is used as a leavening agent instead of the traditional yeast. The ingredients of traditional Irish soda bread recipes are flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. It’s very dense yet moist and has a delicious crispy crust, kinda like scones. It’s a light, tender and almost flaky pastry-like bread. Yet it slices perfectly, either in wedges or more traditional slices. Most Irish soda breads contain raisins. This recipe does not, but you can add them if you wish. Also this version uses regular milk instead of buttermilk.
Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread
For those of us with a gluten intolerance, this was one bread I really missed. It isn’t really spring without it and I was feeling left out. So I set off to make the best Irish soda bread and I think I nailed it. This gluten-free bread recipe uses gluten-free flour, and trust me, you really won’t taste the difference. Especially when you slather a warm piece with Irish butter (my fave is from Trader Joe’s).
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Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Yields: 1 loaf (Approximately 12 slices)
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 3 cups certified gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if flour blend contains it)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cold
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 large egg, whisked
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add whole milk and white vinegar to a small bowl, and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes while preparing the next steps.
- In a large mixing bowl, add gluten-free flour, xanthan gum (if required), baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
- Slice the stick of butter down the center lengthwise, then cut into chunks.
- Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter.
- Add the milk mixture, whisked egg and honey to the mixing bowl. Stir until incorporated.
- Using clean hands, work the dough into a ball.
- Place the dough ball onto the prepared baking sheet. Cut an X in the top center of the loaf.
- Brush melted butter over the surface of the dough ball.
- Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing and serving.
- All gluten-free flour blends absorb moisture a little differently. If you are working the dough into a ball and find that it is too dry, add a little extra milk. If it is too wet, add a little extra to flour until desired consistency is reached.
- If the gluten-free flour you use already contains xanthan gum or guar gum in it, then omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe.
- If you like raisins or currants in your Irish soda bread, feel free to add them.
All gluten-free flour blends absorb moisture a little differently. If you are working the dough into a ball and find that it is too dry, add a little extra milk. If it is too wet, add a little extra to flour until desired consistency is reached. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 339mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g
All gluten-free flour blends absorb moisture a little differently. If you are working the dough into a ball and find that it is too dry, add a little extra milk. If it is too wet, add a little extra to flour until desired consistency is reached.
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
You may also like to try more of my gluten-free recipes like Bake Your Own Fresh Homemade Oat Bread (Gluten Free and Yeast Free) and Rich, Garlicky and Incredibly Delicious Marry Me Chicken (Gluten Free).
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