St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. But you don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the luck of the Irish. This Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread can be enjoyed year-round. Louise of Loula Natural – a health living blog – created this scrumptious recipe and can walk you through the steps of using kefir in gluten-free baking to create bread that tastes just like (or better) than regular, wheat flour. I personally use fermented milk and sour milk in my own gluten-free sandwich bread recipe too.
Hi, I’m Louise. We have been gluten free now for a long time. My daughter and I are more prone to gluten sensitivity, however, my entire family feels better when we are gluten free. And since my husband is Irish, we, of course, love Irish Soda Bread. It’s a hearty bread that’s delicious fresh out of the oven or toasted with raw or organic butter. And if you want a traditional Irish breakfast add some eggs, bacon and Clonakilty black and white pudding.
Irish soda bread is traditionally made with wheat flours. This recipe has been converted to gluten free with a mix of buckwheat, oat groats, almond flour/meal and quinoa flour. The buckwheat flour is soaked in kefir to break down the phytic acids in the buckwheat and increase the nutrient availability of the flour.
Kefir is a fermented drink made when kefir grains are soaked with milk, nut milk or coconut water for a few days. The acidic nature of the kefir reacts within the dough to create a moist product that is more palatable in consistency. This is the secret to making gluten free bread taste more like regular wheat bread.
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- 1 cup organic buckwheat flour
- 1 cup kefir (milk or water kefir)
- 1/2 cup organic quinoa flour or oat flour (if tolerated)
- 1/2 cup organic almond flour/meal
- 1/4 cup soaked oat groats (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- 1 tbsp raw honey (or coconut nectar or 1/2 tbsp organic maple syrup)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Add the buckwheat flour and kefir in a glass bowl. Allow to soak overnight or at least 12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 200.
- Sieve dry ingredients into a glass bowl. Add wet ingredients. Try to mix as little as possible. Leave in the bowl for 10 minutes.
- Add flour to hands. Place dough (leave it in the shape it took on from the bowl) on greased parchment paper on a baking sheet. Dust lightly with a bit of all-purpose gluten-free flour and cut a deep cross in the top.
- Bake for 30 mins until brown on the outside.
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About the Author
Louise, of Loula Natural, is a practicing naturopath, nutritional therapist and personal trainer. She is also a Bach Flower practitioner and ear acupuncturist. She is truly passionate about using nature and natural processes to heal, nurture and strengthen the body, mind and spirit. She is also a mom to two kids and uses natural methods to keep the whole family healthy, naturally wealthy and strong.
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