Slices of Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo) studded with raisins in front of a half cut loaf

Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo)

This Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo) is easy to make, and coconut free! Also free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, seeds, eggs, nightshades, legumes or processed sugar.

Slices of Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo) studded with raisins in front of a half cut loaf
Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo)
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It is the month of March, and therefore the month of all things Irish! 😀Yours truly has the Irish blood running through her veins, so you know I had to make something to celebrate.

Enter Irish Soda Bread. Traditionally, this type of bread is made with buttermilk, which is a no-go for AIP and Paleo diets. And the AIP/Paleo versions I could find out there have coconut in them.

I have a sneaking suspicion that I am sensitive to coconut, like many of you. I was determined to come up with Irish Soda Bread free of coconut. Whoa. It’s a lot harder than you would think. Nevertheless, I have something for us!

Two texture options

After many, many attempts at this, I discovered that the smallest things can make a difference in AIP baking. Of course, we already know that the ingredients are fickle. But did you know that the difference of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda can be the thing that changes your bread texture?

I will leave it to you to decide which texture you desire:

closeup of a slice of AIP/Paleo Irish Soda Bread, studded with raisins
Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo)
  • *If you use 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda, the bread will spread out, and flatten a bit, but it will be dense enough the next day to cut off a slice and put in the toaster.
  • If you use 2 teaspoons of baking soda, the bread will rise a little more, it will crumble more, and have kind of a cake-y texture, more like a biscuit (shown right).

Personally, I prefer the denser version. It may not rise as much as the other, but it worked a little better for me. Because toast.

🍀 Happy all-things-Irish month! 🍀 As always, I am wishing you love and healing.

💗,

Wendi

P.S. Here are some other Irish recipes on my blog: Toasty Rutabaga Mash, Irish Carrot Soup, and Mashed “Potatoes”.

Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo)

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: Holiday, SidesCuisine: AIP, PaleoDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

This Irish Soda Bread (AIP/Paleo) is easy to make, and coconut free! Also free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, seeds, eggs, nightshades, legumes or processed sugar.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. (Don’t worry. We’ll lower it later.) Place a sheet of parchment paper on a roasting sheet and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, place flours, raisins, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Stir until the ingredients are combined well.
  • In a small bowl, stir together applesauce, vinegar and honey. Set aside.
  • Place water in a cold saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin all over the water, and allow it to sit and “bloom” for 2 minutes. Place saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking the gelatin and water until the gelatin has fully liquefied. Remove from heat. Whisk this liquid vigorously until it is frothy.
  • Work quickly from this point on. Add ALL wet ingredients to the dry, including melted shortening. Mix with a fork. Form dough into a ball with your hands. Place on prepared roasting sheet, and form into a loaf shape approximately 6″ X 4″.
  • Place loaf in oven for 5 minutes. Then without opening the oven, turn the heat down to 350 degrees F, and bake another 10 minutes. Again without opening the oven, turn the oven heat OFF, and let it bake for another 5 minutes. It is normal for cracks to form as it bakes.
  • Remove bread from oven. Let cool completely before cutting. To serve, gently cut slices with a serrate knife. Store in air-tight container.

Notes

  • *If you use 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda, the bread will spread out, and flatten a bit, but it will be dense enough the next day to cut off a slice and put in the toaster. If you use 2 teaspoons of baking soda, the bread will rise a little more, it will crumble more, and have kind of a cake-y texture, more like a biscuit.

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11 Comments

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  2. Would arrowroot starch / flour work instead of tapioca flour in the Irish soda bread?

  3. Lisa Mahon

    Thanks!

  4. Do you add the palm shortening with the wet ingredients?

  5. Oh wow!!! I want to give this recipe a try asap! I dont have apples its a shame!! I have some bananas in rhe freezer, do you think i could use them to replace the apple sauce?

    • Hi, Elodie! (I love that name!) Baking on the AIP is so tricky! Subs are not so easy. I tried many times to get this recipe to work decently. (Oh how I miss gluten and eggs in baking…) I don’t think bananas would have the same effect. I chose apples for a bit of sweetness and their pectin, trying to get some more hold. That being said, I always encourage experimenting in the kitchen. Play with your food! 😀

  6. Elizabeth

    This came out really well, despite making the whole thing and then realizing I hadn’t put in the palm shortening! I took it out of the oven really quickly, added it, and put it back in! I’m wondering if you can change the directions to include the palm shortening. Its in the recipe list, but its not anywhere in the directions- so if you’re just following the directions, then you miss it. Thank you for the yummy recipe!

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