What is St. Patrick's Day without Irish Soda Bread. I'm not really Irish but married into an Irish family. My mother-in-law used to make the best Irish Soda Bread. (Actually, it's the only one I've ever had, but I loved it from the first bite, some 35 years ago.) I've been making her recipe every year since for St. Patrick's Day. For the past few years I have not been able to eat it. Recently, I decided to try to make a gluten free version. It turned out surprisingly good but I knew there were a few things I needed to tweak. Tonight I made the new and improved, gluten free Irish Soda Bread and I have to say, it passed my taste test and that of my husband. Try for yourself.
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups gluten free flour *
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 cup sugar - can make it slightly heaping for a little sweeter taste
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
Mix dry ingredients and then add:
2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups milk mixed with 2 Tabls. vinegar)
2 Tabls. melted butter
Stir well - may be thick, you can add a little bit more milk if needed
Mix in 1 cup raisins
2 tsp. caraway seeds (optional) - I don't like caraways seeds so I skip them
Put into greased loaf pan and pour 1 Tabls. melted butter on top, can sprinkle with 2 tsp. sugar, if desired
Bake 375 degree pre-heated oven for 10 minutes then lower temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking an additional 50 minutes. Toothpick inserted should come out clean.
*There are many flour and flour blends that are gluten free. I prefer a mixture of tapioca flour, garbanzo flour, fava flour, sorghum flour. Arrowhead Mills has a flour blend but there is rice flour in it that can make it somewhat gritty. Bob's Red Mill also has a flour blend with garbanzo and fava flour. I preferred to mix both Arrowhead Mills and Bob's and another called Bette's Gourmet Four Flour Blend. By doing this I achieved the perfect consistency with no grittiness.