Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread? Or not? Can you tell the difference?

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread on the left

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread on the left

We have a rather large Irish feast each year to celebrate our roots. For the past 9 years, I simmer a hearty lamb stew for 3 days and serve it with Irish Soda Bread.  This year I challenged myself to make a gluten-free, dairy-free Irish Soda Bread to go along with the feast.  We did a taste test and it turns out the gluten-free, dairy-free bread was the winner over the gluten filled one from a local bakery.  The gluten-free version was lighter, saltier, more moist and much more like a traditional bread.  Even though St. Patrick’s Day is over, when you are living gluten-free trying new recipes is a year round adventure.  So, give this recipe a try and let me know your thoughts.

Irish Soda Bread from 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes


2 cups Carol’s Sorghum Blend (see below)

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

1 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 cup homemade buttermilk (see below)

1/4 cup Earth Balance

1/2 cup dried currants

1 tablespoon caraway seeds, toasted

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease loaf pan.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sorghum blend, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.  Add the egg, milk, butter, currants, and caraway seeds.  Mix all ingredients with electric mixer until thoroughly blended.  Spread batter evenly in the pan and smooth top with a wet spatula.  With a sharp knife, cut a 1/8 inch deep “X” on the top to allow the bread to expand as it rises.

3.  Bake 55-60 minutes or until the top is deeply browned.  Serve warm with Earth Balance buttery spread.

Sorghum Blend:

1 1/2 cups sorghum flour

1 1/2 cups potato starch

1 cup tapioca flour

Homemade Dairy-Free Buttermilk:

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

rice milk

Put the vinegar in a measuring cup.  Whisk enough rice milk to equal 1 cup.  Let stand 10 minutes to thicken slightly.

5 responses to “Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread? Or not? Can you tell the difference?

  1. Wow! Patty, I am so impressed you made this. I wish I could have been there tonight to try it.

  2. I really enjoy your holiday and seasonal recipes. Please keep posting them. I never know what to make.

  3. Martha I wish you could have joined us to taste it this year. It was a big hit and it will be on the menu for next year.

  4. Thanks Fannie! I have lots more to share. Stay tuned.

  5. Unfortunately I can’t give you a promise that every Greek yogurt available on the
    market will be gluten free. If you go gluten-free you are going to avoid the protein gluten. Early diagnosis
    is essential as the danger of gluten intolerance cannot be over-stressed.

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