My skin is milky white, my cheeks are rosy red, my freckles increase in number daily and my hair curls just thinking about moisture.  I may only be a quarter Irish, but this fraction of my heritage is one I relate to more than others thanks to my appearance (And now thanks to a new last name from my half Irish husband).  Needless to say, in our family we avoid the sun like the plague, eat lots of potatoes, and can say in all honesty "Kiss me I'm Irish" on St. Patrick's Day. 

    One of the things I love about my family tree is that on a few branches I am able to trace my heritage back several generations, sometimes more.  My Great-Grandfather came to America from Ireland in 1925 on the SS Baltic when he was only 19 years old.  He made a new life for himself, found my Great-Grandmother and raised their family in Edgewater, NJ.  He helped to build roads along the cliffs of The Palisades during the depression, and eventually settled into a job as a postman.  Ironically enough, I hear from many family members that he was known for making everyone's favorite soda bread.    


    My recipe for Irish Soda Bread is actually not a descendant of his recipe, because what we currently know as "Irish Soda Bread" is actually not very traditional.  I normally call this bread a St. Patrick's Day Soda Bread because it has been more modernized with the use of eggs, butter and raisins (real traditional Irish Soda Bread is only made with flour, baking soda, salt, and soured milk).  The recipe below has also been modified to be Gluten-Free in keeping with our new lifestyle.  But, if any of my family is reading, fear not, my regular soda bread will most definitely be served alongside our corned beef and cabbage this weekend!  Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my fellow Irish-American's and to all the rest of you that get to be Irish for one day a year.   


St. Patrick's Day Soda Bread (Gluten-Free)

makes 1 small loaf

1 cup of raisins
2 cups Gluten-Free Soda Bread Flour Blend (Recipe below)

2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (I use Irish Kerrygold butter)
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk


Preheat your oven to 375° F
.  In a small saucepan place 1 cup of raisins and about 2 cups of water (enough to cover the raisins) and simmer for 5 minutes or until soft and plump.  Remove from the heat, drain the water and set aside.  In a large bowl whisk together the GF flour blend, sugar, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Using your fingers cut 2 tablespoons of butter into the flour mixture until it forms small crumbs.  Add the egg, buttermilk and slightly cooled raisins to the flour mixture and stir everything together with a fork until you can work it with your hand.  Gather the dough together (working it as minimally as possible, it can be a little crumbly looking).  Place the round of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Score the bread with an "X" (I read once that this was supposedly to release the devil).  Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and firm.  Remove the bread from the oven and brush on 2 tablespoons of melted butter.  Allow to cool before slicing and spreading on lots of butter!

Gluten-Free Soda Bread Flour Blend

makes 3 cups

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
2/3 cup tapioca flour/starch
1/3 cup potato starch

Whisk all together.  Store extra in an airtight container.


Note:  Different flour blends are used for different types of baked goods when you are baking gluten-free.  This blend has worked great for me, and doesn't have any "beany" aftertaste that is found in some all purpose flour blends.  If you have a hard time finding the products listed above, try using your favorite brand of all purpose flour instead.
 


Comments

Claire
03/13/2013 9:59pm

I'm new to GF and was wondering - do I need to use Xanthan Gum if using GF all purpose flour?

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03/14/2013 12:28am

Hi Claire, that's a great question! If you are going to use an all purpose flour check the ingredient list. Sometime a GF mix will include Xanthan Gum but sometimes they don't. If you have a mix that includes it then omit the 1 teaspoon that I list above.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. -Sandra

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Marcy
03/17/2013 4:19pm

Sandra,
Made this for breakfast this morning for St. Patrick's Day. Very tasty and so easy to make. Do you use this flour blend for any other recipes?

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03/17/2013 5:45pm

Hi Marcy, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! You could use the same flour blend for other yeast free quick breads. You could also use it for pancakes, scones, or even cookies like oatmeal raisin.

This blend is not good for light or delicate recipes such as cakes, cupcakes or pastries.

Enjoy!!! -Sandra

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mrs pennyapple
03/17/2013 4:55pm

This is THE BEST Irish Soda Bread bar none ... gluten free or otherwise! unbelievably delicious and AWESOME! I added 2TBSP of caraway seeds. Thanks for the recipe!

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03/17/2013 5:49pm

Thanks so much!!!

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Kennigan O'Carroll
03/17/2013 5:25pm

Happy St P-day, thanks from a 2nd generation full blooded Irishman.
Is it ok to wash the soda bread down with an Irish Coffee.
Slainte

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03/17/2013 5:56pm

As long as that coffee has some good Irish Whiskey in it!

Gurab amhlaidh duit

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03/17/2013 11:26pm

I wanted to make this for St. P day and I checked all by ingredients and the only thing I was missing was Millet flour. I went to my local supermarket and they didn't have any, since I was crunched for time I thought well I'll google and see if there is anything I can use instead. I found four options, sorghum, quinoa, buckwheat and montina. I had sorghum and buckwheat but not enough sorghum so I used buckwheat. It gave the bread a totally non-soda bread color but it was delicious!!

Thanks so much for this recipe, I was sure that soda bread was going to be one of those things I'd never eat again.

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03/17/2013 11:36pm

Hi Jodi, I'm so glad it worked out great for you! I bet the buckwheat added a nice flavor to the bread as well as the color.

I'm so glad that you were able to enjoy the soda bread. This is the main reason why I try so hard to modify the things that I love. I don't want to give up anything either. -Sandra

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03/19/2013 1:59am

Awesome suggestion, I will try this for sure.

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Deborah
03/27/2013 12:57am

Hi Sandra,

Can another starch be used in this recipe instead of potato??

Thanks,

Deborah

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03/27/2013 1:41am

Hi Deborah, You can definitely substitute cornstarch in place of the potato starch. Thanks! -Sandra

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Karen
05/25/2013 2:35am

I've been making g/f soda bread for a couple of years now. Love the flavor! My father used to ask his da (who came over from Ireland as a child), "How much butter do you put on it?" He would answer, "Enough to see teeth marks, son." So that's been our family tradition, as well. I'm going to make your version tomorrow and give my dad a call when I sit down to enjoy. Thanks!

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05/25/2013 7:19pm

What a beautiful story Karen! Thank you so much for sharing....you made me smile. I hope you enjoy the soda bread...and see plenty of teeth marks !

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Bethany
08/31/2013 11:48am

Could I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour in place of your flour recipe? The bread looks so pretty :)

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08/31/2013 11:14pm

Hi Bethany, you could definitely use the Bob's Red Mill all purpose flour. The reason why I make my own is because I don't care for it. To me it has a very "beany" aftertaste. I think because they use garbanzo bean flour in their mix.

If that doesn't bother you then give it a try...but if not then you could also try looking for King Arther Flour...they make an GF all purpose blend that is very nice!!!

Happy Baking :)

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Sophie B
10/24/2013 1:24am

Thanks this is delicious! i didn't have millet flour so used coconut flour instead and substituted almond milk for buttermilk and it turned out amazing!

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02/26/2014 7:38pm

That is great to hear Sophie!

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Tracy B
03/14/2014 1:39pm

I am also dairy free. Is using almond milk okay ?

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03/14/2014 3:37pm

I'm not sure? That means you would also have to use a substitute for the butter...I really can't say how it would turn out with changing that much in a recipe.

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Lynda Clemons
03/15/2014 3:25pm

is there an easy way to print your recipes without copying the entire article? This soda bread will be made today, but I wish I could just print it.

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03/15/2014 3:30pm

Sorry Lynda, I don't have those fancy "print recipe" features that other bloggers have.

You could always just copy, cut and paste the recipe into a word document that way you don't have to worry about printing everything else.

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Jacqueline
03/16/2014 9:41pm

This is the most delicious Irish Soda Bread! It tastes like the Soda Bread we loved before having to go GF. My mom said it is the most delicious bread she has eaten in 10 years, since going GF. Our St Patricks Day feast wasn't quite the same without Irish Soda Bread....you have changed all that! Thank you for restoring this tradition for us. Many blessings to you

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03/16/2014 11:09pm

Thank you so much for letting me know, Jacqueline. I am so glad you and your Mom enjoyed the bread :) Happy St. Patrick's Day and blessings to you as well.

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Cynthia
03/17/2014 11:01pm

Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!! We all enjoyed it very much and will definitely be making again soon.

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03/20/2014 9:57pm

Thanks for taking the time to let me know Cynthia. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Sandy
03/18/2014 8:20am

So happy to find your site. It's 3/18/14 but, now I've a reason to make another loaf w/out concerns! Will report back when I get revised ingredients. Finally, new hope! Thx :)

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03/20/2014 9:57pm

There is always time for soda bread ;) Hope you enjoy Sandy

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03/19/2014 8:39pm

I made this for St. Patrick's Day this year, and it was SO good. Better than the non-GF soda bread I made last year. Even my partner (who is notoriously hard to please) raved about it. Thank you!

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03/20/2014 9:56pm

That is great to hear Morgan! Happy belated St. Patrick's Day :)

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