According to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread; for over 30 years I’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled and deluded into thinking that my recipe of Irish Soda Bread was authentic!  Yes, it’s true.  Instead of serving Authentic Irish Soda Bread to my family and friends, I have been giving them: “Spotted Dog!”  (Irish Soda Bread with raisins added.) 

“Would you care for some “Spotted Dog” to go with your tea?” 

 No… It just doesn’t have the right ring to it;  people could get huffy.  As a matter of fact, our little pug-dog Jaws, was quite offended when he heard me offer “Spotted Dog” to my Gorgeous Man this morning.  Jaws surely thought he was being replaced by a Dalmatian!

So today I am giving you a most wonderful gluten-free recipe that I’ve based on my delicious 30 year old (inauthentic) recipe of Irish Soda Bread.  I present to you now (drum roll, please…) Unauthorized Irish Soda Bread! 

Unauthorized Irish Soda Bread
Unauthorized Irish Soda Bread is gluten free; outrageously delicious and absolutely wonderful when served hot out of the oven with butter, jam or a thick, orange marmalade; and a cup of hot Irish tea.

Dry Ingredients
3/4 cup oat flour (gluten-free)
1/2 cup potato starch (starch not flour)
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup millet flour
2 tablespoons firmly packed, brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Finishing Ingredients
3/4 cup raisins 
3 tablespoons cold, cubed butter (I use salted butter)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon melted butter 

Gimme Gluten Free Directions
1.  Preheat over to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the cookie sheet.  In a large mixing bowl stir together oat flour, potato starch, sorghum flour, millet flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan and salt.  

2.  With your mixer beat in the cold butter until the butter is the size of small peas.  Stir in the raisins; then add the buttermilk and blend until moistened; the dough will be sticky and thick.  Using a flexible spatula scrape the dough out and shape into a ball on the prepared cookie sheet. 


3.  Pat dough into a 7 inch circle and pour the 1 tablespoon of melted butter over the top of the dough.  Bake at 375 degrees F. for approximately 30 – 35 minutes.  Serve warm with butter and orange marmalade or jam.  Serves 6 happy people!

I love to listen to Irish guitar music  for the total Irish experience whenever 
we enjoy Irish foods and especially when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Turn the volume up and enjoy the gorgeous guitar music of my talented friend, Dan Carollo, who just returned to the Seattle area after living in Ireland 
for several years.  Welcome back, Dan!



A Special St. Patrick’s Day Blessing for You

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