Irish Soda Bread

It’s the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Are you St. Patrick’s Day plans set? Hosting a party or heading to the parades? Whatever you decide to do, no St. Patrick’s Day is complete without Irish Soda Bread ( a gluten free version of course!)

Irish Soda Bread

Great for breakfast or a snack! Various forms of soda bread are popular throughout Ireland. Soda breads are made using either wholemeal or white flour. In Ulster, the wholemeal variety is usually known as wheaten bread and normally sweetened, while the term “soda bread” is restricted to the white savoury form. In more southern parts of Ireland, the wholemeal variety is usually known as brown soda and is almost identical to the Ulster wheaten (with a very slight difference).


  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill or Better Batter)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum
 (only if using Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
 or buttermilk substitute
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Lightly oil an 8-inch cast-iron pot or 8-inch bread pan.
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and xanthum gum in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Add the egg and buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened. The dough should be moist, but not so sticky that it is hard to handle. Fold in the raisins.
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Mound the dough into a dome shape, about 6-8 inches across depending on the size of your pot. Place the dough into a seasoned cast-iron pot or bread pan. Score a cross in the batter approximately 1/2 inch deep.
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
  6. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pot and allow to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in foil.

I hope you enjoy! This tasty bread can be made not just for St. Patrick’s Day but for any day you want to bake up a special sweet bread!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.


One thought on “Irish Soda Bread

  1. My mum used to make one like this on a weekly basis. It was delicious. Great to see the influence of our little island spreading across the globe, even if it is only for one day a year. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin, Ireland.

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