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Irish Soda Bread

Dessert, Gluten Free, Sides, Vegetarian5 Responses »

Today, I run the risk of being predictable.  Being half Irish, and with a last name of McDonough, how could I not share a Irish Soda Bread recipe?

This one contains currants, which to The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread would technically make it a tea cake, not a bona fide soda bread.  Yes, there really is a “Society for the Preservation of Soda Bread”.

They would argue that traditional Irish Soda Bread contains only flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk, any else is sacrilegious.  

I carved a cruciform, a big X in the top of the loaf before baking.  The lore is that it helps to ward off the devil, and protect your household.

 I am hoping it will make up for the currants.

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Category: Dessert, Gluten Free, Sides, Vegetarian

Irish Soda Bread


  • 1 cup currants or raisins
  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 5 Tbs unsalted butter, divided 3 Tbs cold 2 Tbs melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • zest of 1/2 lemon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan add 2 cups of water, bring to boil add currants/raisins and let sit 3-4 mins.

Drain and set aside to cool.

In large mixing bowl add flour, salt, baking soda, xanthan gum, cream of tartar and sugar.

Mix well.

Add the 3 Tbs of cold butter and cut in with pastry knife or two knives until it resembles a fine meal.

Create a well in center of bowl, add egg, buttermilk, raisins and lemon.

Mix together until just incorporated.

Pour out onto baking sheet and form into a round loaf with your hands.

Cut a X on the top of the load approx. 1" deep.

Slide into the oven and bake 45 - 50 mins.

Remove and brush with reserved 2 tbs of butter melted.

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