Easy to make, hearty and flavorful gluten-free Irish Soda Bread that goes great alongside any meal. We enjoy it around St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the year!If you are looking for an easy to make, yeast-free bread that is great to serve with soup, gluten-free chili, gluten-free beef stew, or any hearty main dish, this gluten-free Irish Soda Bread would be a great choice! I think I only had Irish Soda bread once or twice before going gluten-free. Since mastering this recipe, I’ve had several times in the past year and it’s a yearly gluten-free St. Patrick’s Day meal tradition! I’ve made it with the Zante currants and without – it is great both ways. I preferred using Zante currants over raisins, since they are smaller, but you could also use raisins. I’ve got texture issues with raisins! We really enjoyed this served with butter or honey butter too. YUM! While the dough with gfJules was a little stickier to work with, I honestly couldn’t tell any taste or texture difference in the baked loaves. I can definitely recommend you use whichever flour blend you have access to or want to order. I highly suspect that other good quality gluten-free flour blends will work well in this recipe as well. I just wanted to specifically mention the ones I’ve tested it with so far. I simply cannot test every blend available, but please do try with your favorite blend and comment to let others know! After you shape your dough into a smooth mound, you’ll brush it with a mixture of buttermilk and butter. Then you’ll cut a cross or an X into it. Why is there a cross cut into Irish Soda Bread? There are several reasons why a cross or an x is cut into a loaf of Irish Soda bread before baking. First, there is a baking benefit to this. Since the dough is shaped into a smooth mound, the center is very thick compared to the rest of the bread, and it would be easy for it to remain uncooked. The cross helps the heat reach the center, and allows the loaf to grow and expand as it bakes. I think you’ll be blessed with how delicious this is actually! I recommend baking your loaf on a cookie sheet with a sheet or parchment paper on it. If you don’t use parchment paper yet when you bake, I highly recommend it! With most recipes, it saves you from having to grease any pans at all, plus no cleaning up! You can buy these pre-cut parchment paper sheets from Amazon. Our small group from church has a potluck dinner each year near St. Patrick’s Day. I was asked to bring this gluten-free Irish Soda bread again this year, and thankfully I made two loaves, because it all got eaten! A couple of the other people in the group are wheat-free, but the rest are all “regular” eaters and all loved the bread. You definitely won’t miss the gluten in this! This is a great choice for your gluten-free St. Patrick’s Day dinner. It would be great served with this gluten-free Corned Beef in the slow cooker if you’ve got that on the menu. It would also go great alongside this Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie. Honestly, I haven’t even planned the rest of my St. Patrick’s Day menu, but I do know I’ll be making this bread again! What are some other yeast-free breads I recommend you make soon? I’m glad you asked! 😉 I make these gluten-free buttermilk biscuits to have with breakfast or dinner and love them! If you try this, I’d love to hear what flour blend you used successfully and what you served your delicious loaf with! Enjoy! If you make these and love them, please come back and give this recipe a 5 star rating in the recipe card! Feel free to comment with tips or to share any successful substitutions you made. * If the gluten-free flour blend you use already has xanthan gum or guar gum in it, then omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe. Recipe tested successfully with Maninis Multi-Purpose Flour Blend and gfJules flour blend. I recommend either one and link to where to buy in the recipe post. Recipe slightly adapted from Maninis Gluten Free blog. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Pics and a bit of text updated March 2019. I hope you and your family enjoy this gf Irish Soda Bread as much as my family!
Notes on ingredients for this Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread:
The second reason why a cross is cut into a loaf is for symbolism. Some felt that a cross would ward off evil spirits or would help them be blessed.
Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread Recipe:
For brushing on loaf:
We really enjoyed this served with butter or honey butter too. YUM!
Why is there a cross cut into Irish Soda Bread?
I think you’ll be blessed with how delicious this is actually!
Recipe slightly adapted from Maninis Gluten Free blog.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Pics and a bit of text updated March 2019.
I hope you and your family enjoy this gf Irish Soda Bread as much as my family!
Saturday 19th of June 2021
This bread is easy to make and consistently delicious!
Monday 5th of April 2021
This was a fabulous find for me! Thank you - I so missed soda bread. I used the King Arthur cup for cup. I don’t think the recipe says how big to make the round. I did about 8”. I only cooked for about 40 minutes and it came out too dry. Still yummy, slathered with butter. I will adjust next time - I will definitely be making often.
Monday 22nd of March 2021
Real Irish Soda Bread is not made with egg. Is the egg used in this recipe because it is gluten free?
Sunday 21st of March 2021
Couldn't survive St Pat's ☘ holiday w/o Irish Soda Bread so this GF option is great! Low sugar is appreciated as well. Any substitute for buttermilk such as almond milk, oat milk? Thanks again for sharing your recipe!
Saturday 20th of March 2021
Made this today, it came out perfect!!! I’ll definitely be making this again and again. It smells amazing while it’s baking. I used currants and bobs red mill 1:1 baking flour.