Gluten-free Soda Bread
12th December 2013
I am very excited about this recipe because, for a non-wheat, non-yeast bread, it's delicious and I find it almost impossible to find great tasting (or is that great textured) gluten-free recipes. The bread is best eaten freshly baked, warm and lightly buttered. Very yummy! It's still good the next day but needs to be toasted; if there's any left after that, process into breadcrumbs and freeze until needed. I have to say, though, that it tastes so good you will probably want to finish it in one sitting!
Update ~ 9th July 2014
I have found that using sugar instead of honey makes the bread quite a lot lighter.

Ingredients
• 385g gluten-free flour
• 50g dried milk powder
• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 1 rounded teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 rounded teaspoon xanthan gum
• 2 tablespoons honey / 1 tablespoon Demarara sugar
• 1 large, free-range egg, beaten
• 300 – 350ml buttermilk
• 1 tablespoon olive oil

Gluten-free Soda Bread with Rosemary
Gluten-free Soda Bread with Rosemary

Method
1. Make sure that the egg and buttermilk are at room temperature.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 230°C.
3. Prepare a lightly oiled baking sheet dusted with a little gluten-free flour.
4. Sift all the dry ingredients together into a bowl then lift the mixture, letting it run through your fingers so that as much air as possible is introduced. This helps to ensure a lighter finish to your bread.
5. In a measuring jug, stir the honey into the buttermilk until well-combined.
6. Using a whisk, beat the egg in a bowl, slowly adding the buttermilk and honey mixture making sure that it is smooth.
7. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture.
8. Coat your hands in olive oil ~ I find that the mixture doesn’t stick quite so much ~ and then pour in the buttermilk mixture, using your fingers in a circular movement to draw in the flour from the sides.

9. Once the flour and buttermilk mixtures are combined, you should have a sticky, soft dough.
10. Do not over-mix otherwise the bread will become heavy.
11. Scrape off any excess mixture from your hands and then pour over the tablespoon of olive oil.
12. Lightly mix ~ the oil should coat the mixture making it slightly easier to work with.
13. Turn the mixture onto the baking sheet and shape.
14. Bake for 5 minutes at 230°C and then drop the temperature to 180°C and bake for a further 25 – 30 minutes.
15. The bread is done when it is a deep golden brown and sounds hollow when the surface is tapped.
16. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Comments & Suggestions
• The dough is quite sticky and unlike wheat-based, yeast-based dough. I like to put oil on my hands so that it is easier to work with.
• Do not add all the liquid at once because if you add too much, the dough becomes very sticky and wet ~ very difficult to handle.
• I don’t score the loaf because it doesn’t rise as well and, if you do, you will need to cook it a little longer; also you lose some of the lovely crust.
• You can add any of the following to the dry ingredients ~
> 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds
> 1 – 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped rosemary
> 125ml of golden sultanas
> 80ml toasted sunflower seeds

Notes
EASY
Preparation: Approximately 15 minutes
Cooking: 30 – 35 minutes + cooling time
Wheat-free
Vegetarian
Allergens: Egg, lactose
Makes 1 loaf, approximately 750g


Comments

Gluten-free Soda Bread – Recipe — 1 Comment

  1. I have recently updated this recipe ~ try substituting 1 tablespoon of brown sugar for the honey; stir it into the buttermilk before adding it to the dry ingredients.
    Also, I tried scoring the top of the loaf prior to baking, and while it looks very nice, the bread spread too much and didn’t rise as well as it had previously; and the cooking time needed to be a bit longer ~ the bread seemed to be a bit heavier; added to that, it lost some of the lovely crust, so scoring the top is not something I would recommend.

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