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Irish Soda Bread

A selection of different recipes for traditional Irish Soda Bread including: Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread, Wheaten Soda Bread, Soda Bread with Raisins, Treacle Bread and Potato Bread.

Step by step recipes and facts about Irish soda bread. Did you know that Irish Potato bread was originally created as a way of using up the leftovers of mashed potato? or that Buttermilk is used in traditional soda bread recipes instead of milk to give it a more distinctive taste? Easy to follow, delicious recipes for Irish soda bread.

English: Soda Bread
Irish: arán sóide

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Irish Soda Bread - Gluten Free Traditional Irish Recipes
Unfortunately many traditional Irish recipes are not gluten free but they can be adapted to suit those on a gluten free diet. Soda Bread can be made with gluten free flour and other recipes for soups and stews can be made gluten free.

It is important to check the labels of any additives added to food as well, many thickening agents also contain gluten. Gluten-free flour can be made from almonds, rice or corn for example. Gram flour is also a suitable alternative to normal flour which is made from wheat which contains gluten.

Corn starch or eggs are ideal additives to soda bread, they act as a rising agent and give the bread its fluffy texture. Potatoes are gluten free, this is particularly good news as the potato features in many Irish recipes! Potato Starch is a great example of a gluten free additive and is particularly useful for home made soups.



Irish Soda Bread with Raisins Recipe
This Irish soda bread recipe is easy to follow and delicious! Traditionally the soda bread would have been made with Buttermilk, it is more acidic than regular milk and has a distinct tangy flavour and produces a bread with a much nicer texture. The choice is however up to you, don't go to the store just to buy some buttermilk, regular milk will work fine!

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins - Ingredients
450g All purpose flour
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1 teaspoon salt
300ml milk

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins - Method
Preheat the oven to 200c
In a large bowl, sift in the flour
Add the sugar, salt, cream of tartar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda
Stir in the milk until a soft dough is achieved
Lightly dust the work surface with flour and shape the dough into a circle shape
Using a large knife, cut a cross into the top of the bread (to achieve the result shown below)
Bake for approx 45 minutes

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