Irish Soda Bread-Gluten Free

By Sally on March 13, 2012

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Baking Irish soda bread was the perfect opportunity to test a new gluten free flour called Cup4Cup. I’ve worked with other gluten free flour blends (like Bob’s Red Millalso a great product) but was particularly interested in this one because it was developed in the kitchen of famed Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry.

Gluten-Free St.Patrick’s

I’ve baked Irish soda bread for my clients the past few years as a St. Patrick’s week treat. With clients following a gluten-free lifestyle and us having gone wheat-free, I needed to adapt the recipe using gluten-free flour.

This recipe goes together easily and bakes up golden crusted, studded with sweet dried currants.  It’s nice for breakfast, with an afternoon cup of tea or aside a bowl of soup. It also makes a thoughtful gift.

A Quick Bread

As the name implies, a “quick” bread depends not on yeast for lift, but on baking soda as the leavener. As with all soda breads, this traditional Irish version goes together quickly. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, baking powder, then butter. Add buttermilk and currants. Shape into a round loaf and bake.

The tools are simple as well. A bowl, spoon, cake pan and measuring tools are all you need. I prefer to use a digital scale to weigh ingredients for better accuracy. If you don’t have one, no problem, but you might consider investing in one.

I test baked several batches of this bread. If your currants are very dried out, soak them in hot water for 5-7 minutes, then drain and squeeze dry in paper towels. If they are more fresh and moist, you can skip this step.

The bread came out wonderful with the Cup4Cup gluten-free flour. The crumb was fine, the bread moist, and the flavor wonderful. In fact, as we were shooting it for the photograph it was hard to stop eating it smeared with apricot fruit spread.

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, bake a loaf of quick Irish soda bread. If you follow a gluten-free diet, you can purchase Cup4Cup online and at Williams Sonoma stores. Other quality gluten-free flour blends are made by Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur Flour.

Note – This bread can also be made with regular flour as in the original recipe. At the bottom are links to make your own buttermilk replacement and even a vegan shortening recipe. I’ve not tried these modifications yet for vegans and people who need to minimize dairy, but plan to and will make future notes.

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Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator | March 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

Hi Sally! I haven’t commented in a while, although I read all of your wonderful, helpful posts. Loved the step by step pix. Nice to have your review of the newest GF flour blend out there. Thanks!

K&B N. | March 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

This looks absolutely delicious !

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Ginja | March 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hello! Your bread looks beautiful. Just a question: how much buttermilk you put in the bread? Thank you.

    Sally | March 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    One cup! Realized I left it off of the ingredients list! It’s fixed now. Thanks!

Lena | March 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Beautiful photos! What a great idea! Thank you for your support and love for our product!

Best,

Lena

    Sally | March 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks Lena. I made cornbread with it this morning! Came out great!

Ivy | March 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I stumbled onto your site while looking for an Irish soda bread recipe to make for hubby who’s Irish. This looks wonderful. Thank you for the recipe and wonderful photos.

Megan | March 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

This looks wonderful. Do you know if the flour is wheat-free? I have a friend who is avoiding wheat all together (not just gluten), and I’d like to know if I can make this. Thanks!

    Sally | March 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Yes Megan, it’s wheat-free and gluten-free. For anyone concerned with wheat and gluten, this is safe. True, wheat-free and gluten-free are not quite the same, as other grains such as rye and barley also contain gluten. Hope your friend enjoys. It’s easy to make and so tasty! And there are many good gluten-free flour blends on the market that can be used, such as Bob’s Red Mill, King Arthur Flour, Arrowhead Mills ad Cup4Cup. All of these flours are wheat-free, gluten-free blends based on alternative types of flour. It’s always good to read labels though.

Alicia | March 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

This recipe is great! I recently made a paleo version of Irish soda bread and it was so moist. Hardly tasted like Irish soda bread. I wanted to try a simple gluten free version using Bob’s gluten free flour mix, and used this recipe. It tastes like the real thing. Love it!

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