Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day is a few days away and I am beyond excited to share my gluten-free Irish soda bread recipe. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I have been testing out this recipe for weeks. I set a goal for myself to share this recipe in time for St. Paddy’s day. After many failed attempts, I was definitely getting discouraged. I swear I was close to tears this past Sunday when I finally got this recipe right. I am so proud of it. I called my mom right away with a mouth full of bread.

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Irish Soda Bread is supposed to an easy, throw together recipe. Its made of a few simple ingredients that were considered common in Irish households when this bread first came to be. I also learned that traditional Irish soda bread is plain – no raisins! Now that I got my recipe down pat, I do think it is pretty simple, but I am not sure how common it is to find buttermilk in someone’s fridge.

I haven’t had Irish soda bread in about 7 years, so I wasn’t sure what it should taste like. I started off with Ina Garten’s Irish Soda Bread recipe {substituting all purpose flour for GF flour} and it did not turn out well. Ina is amazing, so I am sure her recipe turns out great with regular all-purpose flour. I also tried a recipe that I received from someone who came to my bridal shower. I am all for experimenting when I am cooking, but doing the same with baking was a big challenge. This was also my first attempt ever at Irish soda bread.

My first few attempts lead to very dense bread that hardly resembled Irish soda bread. I wasn’t sure if it was due to my oven {which is gas}, the flour or my technique. I first noticed improvements when I chilled the butter, buttermilk and egg. Next, I saw improvement the longer I chilled the dough before baking. But the biggest improvement came from my choice of flours. King Arthur’s Measure for Measure flour was a game changer! I highly recommend using this flour for my recipe. It totally changed the texture of my bread.

I had been using Bob’s Redmill 1:1 flour {which has worked great in other recipes} but I found that it was what cause my bread to be dense and not bake evenly. I changed up the baking temperature and bake time, but it never seemed to bake correctly. Regardless of the flour this bread bakes with a lot of cracks, so I didn’t find it necessary to score the dough with an “x” before baking it {I tried that too}.

If you try my recipe, I would love to know! Please leave a comment below or on my Instagram @redroseandhoney.

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Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread

  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup butter milk (very cold)
1 egg (very cold)
2 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed (very cold)
2 cups gluten-free flour blend
1/8 cup coconut sugar
5/8 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins


– Dice butter into small cubes (about 1/4 inch) and place in a small bowl.
– Beat egg in buttermilk with a fork.
– Place in butter and buttermilk mixture in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill while you prepare dry ingredients. Do not let it freeze!
– In a stand mixer combine dry ingredients on low speed, adding raisins last.
– Slowly added buttermilk mixture and butter on low speed. Combine well, but don’t over mix. Dough should be sticky.
– Turn dough out onto floured surface (flour your hands too), lightly kneading dough to form a ball. Do not score with “x”
– Chill dough in fridge for at least 1 hour.
– Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
– Once oven is ready, place dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in oven.
– Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees then turn heat down to 350, baking for another 30 minutes.
– Test bread with toothpick. Once it comes out clean, allow bread to cool slightly then transfer to cooling rack. Allow bread to cool for at least an hour before cutting.
– Serve plain, with powdered sugar or with Irish butter.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are an all time classic. Whether you need to bring a dessert to a party or you’re looking for a quick snack, I think it’s safe to say chocolate chip cookies never disappoint! When I started my gluten-free life, gluten-free cookies {that were tasty} were hard to come by. Every recipe I tried or product I bought was crumbly, dry and bland. Fortunately, gluten-free flours, recipes and store bought cookies have come a long way in last six years.

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I don’t love baking because all of the measurements need to be precise. It is not at all like cooking. When I’m cooking, I can add a little of  ‘this’ and a pinch of ‘that.’ But, baking has become much easier thanks to gluten-free flour blends. Although there are a lot of recipes on how to create your own blend, I have found it difficult to do. Instead of getting frustrated by mixing tons of different flours together, I opt for two great pre-made options. I like to always have Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour in my cabinet. I substitute either blend in any recipe. The results have always turned out great for me. Through some trial and error I have found one of the blends may work better than the other in certain recipes, but overall either one is a great choice.

Other gluten-free flours available are nut flours such as almond flour and coconut flour. I have baked with both, but haven’t found either one to be particularly easy to work with.  For some reason I have much better luck with cookies than cakes. I use coconut flour in my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies which are really tasty. This recipe is also grain free. Overall, I have found that nut flours tend to become heavy and dense, if not incorporated with other ingredients correctly.

Today, I am excited to share another great nut flour recipe; chocolate chip cookies by Laura Vitale. Laura started her YouTube channel, Laura in the Kitchen, years ago and has grown tremendously. She currently has over 3 million subscribers and over 1,200 episodes on YouTube. She also published a cookbook last year and has a show on the Cooking Channel called Simply Laura. AMAZING!!

I love watching Laura’s YouTube episodes because they’re short and easy to follow. For this chocolate chip cookie recipe, Laura recommends using a fine almond flour like this one and good quality coconut oil {I’ve used this one}. I cannot stop thinking about these cookies since I last made them! These cookies were delicious and I cannot wait to make them again. This recipe is so easy too. It calls for 9-10 minutes of baking, but in my oven these cookies took 18-20. Here is Laura’s episode for these delicious cookies. If you haven’t already subscribed to her channel, you should!

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When I bake cookies there are a few kitchen essentials I like to have. An ice cream scoop helps me make round, symmetrical cookies which allows them to bake evenly. Sometimes I use my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, but for this recipe I used a sturdy whisk and rubber spatula. Rubber spatulas are great for cooking too because they’re gentle on your pans.  Whenever I use baking pans I almost always use parchment paper. It makes clean up so much easier and keeps your pans in good shape. The parchment paper I’ve linked below is pre-cut which is extra handy. I have also linked mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons that are very similar to the ones I have.

{Tip from my mom: look for larger measuring sets. They hardly take up any space and the extra sizes will come in handy.}

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