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Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

Updated: Mar 17

UPDATED: 3/17/23

This post is from 3/21 - UPDATED 3/16/22 and 3/17/23. The family was unable to get together on St. Patrick's Day. Everyone has crazy schedules. So we celebrated this past Sunday.

2023 Gluten Free Irish Soda bread.

One of my sisters and my Dad slicing the corned beef.

I helped mom make the traditional corned beef and cabbage and my sister made the Irish soda breads for the family. Due to my allergies and the fact I don't eat meat, I did not eat the meal. Instead I had my vegetable soup I made the day I nearly chopped off the tip of my finger. Yes, it hurt.

Once I was done helping mom, I came into my side of the house and made myself some Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread.

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First step is to make your own substitution buttermilk if you can't use store bought due to allergies like me. Make that first because it needs to sit about 10 minutes. 1 cup milk (preferably whole milk, I only had 2%) and one tablespoon lemon juice mixed together. Shake well, set aside. (see video) UPDATE: This year I used 1/2 cup 2% milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream.

Gather your ingredients and set up your pie plate. Spray the parchment paper with a little bit of olive oil. My youngest niece made this pretty design out of parchment paper. I can't do it. She refused to demonstrate on film because her nails didn't look good. Gotta love 19. By the way, her nails looked gorgeous. (see video)

Add gluten free brown rice flour to sifter. Add gluten free measure for measure flour. Next sprinkle in salt and baking soda. Sift into bowl. (see video)

Add garlic and sugar to sifted mixture. Mix well. If you don't want to add the garlic, substitute with 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla added to the buttermilk. (see video)

Cut cold butter into slabs and add to flour mixture. Cut into flour then crumble together well with fingertips. Form a well in the flour then shake the buttermilk mixture and pour a little bit into the flour. (see video)

The casualties of cooking. Read my story to see why my finger is wrapped.

Mix flour and liquid together a little at a time. Pour in several more small amounts of liquid and mix until mixture becomes soft.

Sprinkle tapioca flour onto a clean, dry, flat surface and remove dough from bowl onto flour. Knead dough until it is easy to form a ball then form into a football shape. Use a scrapper to bring the dough together, then lift and place onto the parchment paper in the pie plate. Shape and make one slit across on top of dough in each direction. (see video)

Place into a preheated 400 degree oven.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. It's done when a toothpick stuck into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool about 5 minutes in pan then place onto cooling rack and allow to fully cool. (see video)

I wrapped my gluten free bread in plastic wrap. The ones in tinfoil are what my sister made for the family.

Mom's Corned beef and cabbage. We become "Irish" once a year. The rest of the year we are of Italian descent. Because we are a large crowd, we use paper plates and plastic cups. We did a lot to cook and clean before dinner, it's nice to make clean up easier after dinner so we have time to do other things. Check out my article, Celebrations, Traditions and Allergies.

We can't forget the family pets. They had some homemade treats too.

Hope everyone had a happy, healthy St. Patrick's Day celebration.


1/2 cup milk (whole or 2%)

1/2 cup heavy cream

half of a lemon squeezed to make one tablespoon juice

1 cup gluten free brown rice flour

1 cup gluten free measure to measure flour

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (even if your flour contains it - promotes softness)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla

1/2 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons cold butter

sprinkle of tapioca flour

Raisins or caraway seeds or both if desired

Olive oil for spraying

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