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Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

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"Searching for recipes for a gluten-free diet can be challenging during the holidays. Here is a recipe for Irish soda bread that I have adapted over time for St. Patrick's Day. The recipe calls for rice and tapioca flour instead of wheat and it still tastes yummy! Good if wrapped and left overnight, but I think it tastes great right out of the oven. Serve with butter or jam."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 5 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
  2. Combine the rice flour, tapioca flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and buttermilk . Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into the cake pan.
  3. Bake for 65 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack, for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Wrap bread in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and let stand overnight for the best flavor.
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  • Note
  • Remember to check all ingredients to be sure they are gluten safe.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 21, 2007

This recipe is wonderful. I am allergic to wheat and milk and so I just addapted the buttermilk to rice milk with 1 T vinegar. Most of the bread recipes that I have tried have turned out crumbly, but amazingly, this one is very nice and chewy. This will defenantly go in my recipe book! Like others have said, it needs to be about a total of 35 to 40 minutes cook time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 01, 2008

I had high hopes for this bread after reading the reviews. In reality this bread is only so-so. It has the texture and moisture content of cornbread, but the taste of plain white bread. It would be fine for dipping in a soup, or making garlic toast from. It is not the soft bread for making sandwiches so many of us long for. Next I will try some of the other gluten-free bread recipes on this site.

Aug 12, 2007

This was yummy. I love that you don't need zantham gum for this recipe. I was out of white rice flour so I substituted brown rice flour. Also, I had left over half-and-half so I added a tablespoon of vinegar to that and a little sour cream to make up the difference in the cup of buttermilk. This recipe did take 20 minutes less to bake but I don't think that is a negative. The outcome was delicious, it was bread! The brown rice gave it a fun darker color.

Jun 03, 2007

This recipe is fabulous. It was easy to make and tastes awesome. You wouldn't even know it was gluten free. The only weird thing is that I took it out 20 minutes earlier than what the recipe called for because it was done. I was also cooking cookies at the same time, but I don't think that would have made that much of a difference.

Mar 18, 2009

Maybe it's the fact that I haven't eaten bread in several months but I thought this was delicious. It was sweet, moist and chewy. More like a yummy breakfast bread than a more traditional dry soda bread. I substituted soy flour for the tapioca flour, and milk curdled with 1 TBS apple cider vinegar for the buttermilk.

May 11, 2010

Oh my gosh, guys: I'm eating bread. You have no idea how excited and thrilled I am to! This recipe was absurdly easy, and the ingredients are easy to find, as well, so it was also rather inexpensive to make. I didn't have any buttermilk (or any kind of milk, for that matter -- I'm dairy intolerant as well as gluten), so I added 2 tbs vinegar to some water to equal a cup. I also subbed out a half cup of rice flour for buckwheat flour and added ~2 tbs milled flaxseed (10g) and probably about ~1/4 c (10g) nutritional yeast to add some health to it. It is light, airy, and delicious -- thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! I almost cried. x)

Jan 26, 2008

Very good recipe! I think it tastes a lot more like a cornbread style bread than soda bread, but still very, very tasty! I was out of whit rice flour so I used brown, and plain yogurt for buttermilk (I use this substitution all the time). I think next time I'll cut back the sugar to 1/3 or 1/4 c.,.

Feb 02, 2010

I used brown rice flour instead of white and buckwheat flour instead of tapioca. Also used a bread tin to get the loaf shape! Like many others, I reduced the cooking time by about 20 mins. It is a nice, simple recipe and tastes good. Best of all it is guilt free as I have a wheat intolerance - so thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 207 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 1.3 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 550 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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