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Gluten-Free Soda Bread

How to make a gluten-free soda bread that tastes like the real thing!

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Gluten-free soda bread is super easy and quick to make. It is my go-to whenever I want a fresh loaf of bread for dinner. See the section above for 5 flavor options that are absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups gluten-free flour (see notes)
  • 1 2/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (if your flour doesn’t already contain it)
  • Additional flavors (see section above for options)

Instructions

  1. Combine buttermilk and flour in a glass bowl. I recommend letting the flour soak and hydrate for at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours. See the section above for details on why you should soak and ferment gluten-free flour.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients into the dough. Be sure to fully beat in the egg so that everything is well mixed. It will be tough and dry, but do your best to mix it well.
  3. Gluten-free soda bread needs the support of a loaf pan to keep its shape. If you want a more “free form” round appearance, use a 6-inch cake pan.
  4. Bake at 400F (200C) for 30-40 min (until a toothpick comes out clean). Score the top of the loaf about halfway through the baking to prevent cracking in the crust.

Notes

  • For this recipe either use 100% oat flour (for a traditional feel), a store-bought bread flour, or make your own gluten-free bread flour mix.
  • Slice and freeze the bread within the first 2 days to prevent it from going stale.  The frozen slices are delicious toasted for breakfast.

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