Traditional Irish Soda Bread that is incredibly moist thanks to a secret ingredient. No yeast required and no waiting for the crispy loaf to rise. An easy bread recipe you must try for St. Patrick’s Day!
(This recipe does contain Spelt, which is not gluten-free but is a better flour in place of wheat and ok for those with a mild case of gluten-sensitivity. I created this recipe before transitioning into a gluten-free blog.)
What makes Irish soda bread… well… different than other breads? There is no yeast. If you have too much Candida in your body and can’t have breads with yeast then this is the perfect bread for you! The rising takes place from baking soda so there is no need to wait hours for the bread to rise before baking. It’s so easy! Just combine all the ingredients, knead it a few minutes to combine and activate the baking soda. Coconut oil and sour cream give this crusty loaf delicious flavor!
Now I have never made Irish soda bread before and am in love with this recipe! Instead of using traditional buttermilk I used sour cream. I didn’t have any buttermilk, and could have just as easily used milk with lemon. But there was a giant container of sour cream in the fridge that would go to waste if not used up. And guess what? It is the secret ingredient to this deliciously moist no-waiting-to-rise bread! It makes it moist and fluffy with a dash of sweet and savory taste.
The other day my mom sent an adorable care package to us. It had a super cute shamrock green scarf, sticker book for the boys and a lovely note.
The note got my brain juices thinking about making something delicious for St. Patrick’s Day- Irish Stew or Irish Soda Bread? Since I don’t eat red meat, I decided to try and make the easy bread recipe.
Before the recipe, do you know how St. Patrick’s Day came about? St. Patrick’s Day is an official public holiday in Ireland. It is a celebration of the Irish culture and is always on March 17, the death date of Saint Patrick. Countries all around the world celebrate with festivities, parades and traditional foods such as Irish stew, Irish soda bread, cabbage, corned beef and dark Guinness beer to name a few. We wear the color green to celebrate as Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
At least that is kinda how I had to explain it to my kiddos… maybe minus the beer.
Thank you mom for the inspiration and adorable scarf- it’s perfect for showcasing a beautiful loaf of Irish soda bread and as an accent on my purse for the holiday!
- 4 cups of White Spelt Flour
- 6 Tablespoons of Xylitol or 4 Tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ½ cup of melted coconut oil. Mix well. Add 1 cup of sour cream and whisked egg. Mix until dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly for about 2 minutes. Form dough into a round ball and place on baking sheet.
- In a small bowl mix 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil and 2 Tablespoons sour cream. Brush mixture on the top of the loaf. Use a sharp knife to cut an “X” into the top of the loaf.
- Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. About 45-50 minutes. Check for doneness after 35 minutes.