Skip to Content

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

This gluten free Irish soda bread is a classic and the perfect side to your St. Patrick’s Day meal. This version includes directions for a dairy free option, which would also make it vegan.

Sliced pieces of gluten free Irish Soda Bread

Photos Updated March 2018

Watch the video below (right before the recipe) to see how easy it is to make these!  Also, check out the video on Facebook!

This gluten free Irish soda bread is adapted from my grandma’s recipe. Her version calls for butter, buttermilk, and regular flour. I loved it, it’s my favorite and I look forward to hers every year. My grandma’s Irish Soda Bread is hands down, one of the best you’ll ever have. Everyone has their own version. Some are more like a quick bread, and some are like my grandma’s – more like a scone/biscuit.

Since Adam and Kelsey can’t eat the original version anymore, I’ve adapted it to be gluten free and dairy free. I must say though, the version with real butter in it can’t be topped. The butter really is an important part of this dish so if you can have milk/dairy, use the real stuff.

hands holding gluten free Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day

Not that the dairy free version isn’t good. It is. It’s just not quite the same without the butter. If you’re just lactose intolerant, try it with ghee!

My grandma also makes hers with dried currants and a little bit of caraway seeds. The caraway seeds give the bread a slightly savory taste that’s really good. You can skip them if you want, but I do recommend using them. I also really love the dried currants over raisins. They’re sweet, soft, and so much better then raisins. I buy organic ones at my local co-op but you can also get them online. I usually see them this time of year at the grocery store with the raisins so check to see if your stores carries them too.

Sliced and buttered pieces of gluten free Irish Soda Bread

This Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread is great alongside your corned beef and cabbage. And it’s even better the next day when you toast it and serve it with my favorite ever Corned Beef Hash.

A quick note about this Irish Soda bread recipe, it doesn’t work that great with my Nightshade Free Flour Blend. I think it’s the Arrowroot but it just doesn’t play nice here. I recommend using my Brown Rice Flour Blend or my White Rice Gluten Free Flour Blend here. Enjoy!

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this bread. You can also watch the video on Facebook where you can easily share it.

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread buttered with bite taken

BE SURE TO FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND HASHTAG #WHATTHEFORKFOODBLOG – I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!
IF YOU LOVE THIS RECIPE FOR gluten free Irish soda bread, BE SURE TO FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA SO YOU NEVER MISS A POST:
facebook | twitter | pinterest | instagram | youtube |

email subscription for What The Fork Food Blog

 

hands holding gluten free Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

Yield: 1 GF Irish Soda Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This gluten free Irish soda bread is a classic and the perfect side to your St. Patrick’s Day meal. This version includes directions for a dairy free option, which would also make it vegan

Ingredients

  • 3 C gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/3 C butter, cubed and cold*
  • 1 C + 2 Tbsp buttermilk**
  • 1/3 C dried currants (or raisins)
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar.
  3. Blend in the butter (or shortening) with a pastry blender with a pastry blender until it resembles course corn meal.
  4. Add the buttermilk and stir until mixed. Stir in the currants and caraway seeds.
  5. Shape into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet. With the palm of your hand, flatten the dough into a circle (about 7 inches x 2 inches thick leaving it slightly domed in the center). Cut a cross in the top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. Cool on a wire rack, serve warm or room temperature. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days. Can be frozen.

Notes

*Shortening or vegan butter can be used instead.

**1 cup milk (regular OR non-dairy) PLUS 2 Tbsp white vinegar can be used in place of the buttermilk.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1543.67Total Fat: 7.44gCarbohydrates: 324.91gProtein: 40.02g
This Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread recipe was adapted from my grandmother’s recipe. Yes, she’s Irish! This recipe can be made with dairy or it can be made into a dairy free and vegan Irish Soda Bread. This quick bread recipe is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | gluten free baking recipes | gluten free bread recipes | #glutenfree #stpatricksday #glutenfreebread #bread #irishsodabread #recipe

This post contains affiliate links for ingredients and equipment used to make this recipe. Thank you for helping to support What The Fork Food Blog ♥

Gluten Free Carrot Cake from What The Fork Food Blog
Gluten Free Carrot Cake
← Read Last Post
Paleo Chocolate Bunnies
Read Next Post →

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Barbara Wilson

Friday 22nd of March 2019

I don't know what I did wrong. I used Bob's Red Mill 1:1 (in the blue bag) as I had a large bag to use up.. The dough was so thick and crumbly I ended up dumping it the pan and pushing it into a round shape. The finished bread was so dry it crumbled when I sliced it. It's the first recipe of yours that hasn't worked. I love Irish Soda bread and was looking forward to this. Any ideas?

Shay

Sunday 30th of June 2019

You could have possibly overmeasured your flour. Next time, use the spoon and sweet method if you're not already :) You can also add a bit more buttermilk as needed, a tablespoon at a time to just bring the dough together with your hands.

Edna

Thursday 14th of March 2019

Hi, When I make regular Irish soda bread I melt the butter. Can I do that with this recipe?

Shay

Thursday 21st of March 2019

I haven't tried it like that, only cutting in the butter like my grandmother taught me :)

Linda C

Sunday 18th of March 2018

This was the best gluten free soda bread I ever made! Only change I made was to add one egg!

Sharon

Sunday 18th of March 2018

Thanks so much Linda, glad you enjoyed it as much as we do!

Ashlyn

Monday 12th of March 2018

This looks wonderful! Will it work with other flours, such as almond, coconut or flaxseed?

Sharon

Monday 12th of March 2018

Hi Ashlyn - thank you! Unfortunately, I don't think this would work with a 1:1 swap of grain free flours, it would take a lot of experimenting and adjusting. If you do try it, let me know what flours you used and what the results are :)

Sharon Young Young

Monday 27th of November 2017

I use gluten free flour with xantham gum, do I still more to the bread.?

Sharon

Monday 27th of November 2017

You can omit the amount I called for if your blend already contains it.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe