Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread (Dairy-Free)

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread is the perfect quick bread for Saint Patrick’s Day!  A firm crusty exterior with a soft dense center, mildly sweet, with dried currants throughout. This recipe is simple, with just a handful of ingredients, and no yeast required.
gluten-free Irish Soda Bread Aerial view

The first time I ever tried Irish Soda Bread was back in college at one of the local restaurants, and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. What makes this bread so great? It’s simple. There’s only a handful of ingredients in the recipe, and the bread can be made both savory or sweet, depending on how you like it.

What exactly is Irish Soda Bread? It’s a quick bread made with baking soda, which takes the place of yeast. In this recipe, I used both baking powder and baking soda to help give the bread a lift, but you can always leave out the baking powder for a more traditional recipe.

You’ll also notice a large “X” scored on the top of the soda bread prior to baking. “In the 19th century, it was believed that a cross slashed atop of the bread would let the evil spirits out while baking.” In addition, it also helps the center of the bread to bake through.


Gluten free Irish soda bread sliced

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Ingredients

The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. In this recipe, you’ll notice the addition of butter, which helps moisten the bread, along with the baking powder and 1 egg to help the bread to rise.

Gluten-Free Flour: Bob Mills 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour works great in this recipe.

Buttermilk: This helps moisten the bread, while reacting with the baking soda, allowing the bread to rise.

Butter: Cold butter is key. This helps moisten the bread.

Sugar: Gives the bread just a hint of sweetness

Egg: Helps provide a dense texture.

Baking Soda: Helps the bread to rise.

Baking Powder: Helps the bread to rise.

Currants: Provides texture and flavor.

Vegan Alternative

Buttermilk Substitute: Equal amount of dairy-free milk with 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Egg: Feel free to skip the egg altogether.

Dried Fruit Options

You can leave out the currants or replace them with raisins, cranberries, or sultanas.


sliced front shot of gluten-free Irish Soda bread

How to Make Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and 1 egg. Set Aside.
  3. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture. Continue to work the dough into coarse crumbs, then fold in the currants.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the buttermilk, egg mixture into the center and gently fold the dough.
  5. Knead the dough carefully working it into a ball.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, add a pinch more flour if the dough is too sticky. Do not overwork the dough.
  6. Place the dough into the cast iron or baking pan, and with a sharp knife, score an “X” on top. Brush the top of the dough with a tablespoon of buttermilk for a golden brown crusty exterior.
  7. Bake at 375°F for 45-50 minutes, or until the center is fully cooked.

gluten free soda bread aerial side slices

Tips for making the BEST Irish Soda Bread

  1. Buttermilk is key! If wanting a dairy-free substitute, try adding an equal amount of dairy-free milk plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. This acid reacts with the baking soda, allowing the bread to rise.
  2. Do not overwork the dough: Overworking the dough will cause very tough bread. It’s supposed to look a bit “shaggy.”
  3. Bake in a cast-iron skillet or 9-inch cake pan. The cast-iron skillet will produce a better exterior, but if you do not have a skillet, a baking sheet or 9-inch cake pan will work just fine.
  4. Cold Butter: Make sure the butter is very cold, this will help with the texture of the dough.

slices of bread

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Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread (Dairy-Free)

Recipe Author : Rebecca Taig
Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread is the perfect quick bread for Saint Patrick's Day!  A firm crusty exterior with a soft dense center, mildly sweet, with dried currants throughout. This recipe is simple, with just a handful of ingredients, and no yeast required.
 
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Course Breads
Cuisine European
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 12 people
Calories 245 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups gluten-free flour, (520 grams) Bob Mills 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, ghee, or dairy-free butter (cold, cubed)
  • cups buttermilk, or dairy-free milk + 1 tablespoon of lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup currants

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Grease a cast-iron skillet or 9" cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, which the large egg and buttermilk. Set aside.
  • Using your fingertips, a fork, or a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture. Continue to work the dough into coarse crumbs, then fold in the currants.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the buttermilk and egg mixture into the center and gently fold the dough.
  • Knead the dough carefully working it into a ball.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, add a pinch more flour if the dough is too sticky. Do not overwork the dough.
  • Place the dough into the cast iron or baking pan, and with a sharp knife, score an "X" on top. Brush the top of the dough with a tablespoon of buttermilk for a golden brown crusty exterior.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the center is fully cooked.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm.
  • Wrap any leftovers in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to two days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 227mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 5gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 236IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 2mg
Keyword gluten free, gluten free bread, soda bread
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