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Organic and Gluten-Free Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day, Any Day!

 With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, everyone seems to be a wee bit Irish! While many are going green with dyed beers or corned beef and cabbage, celebrations of this seasonal holiday often leave gluten-free and organic gourmands out in the cold. Rather than sitting this St. Patty’s Day out, why not celebrate with an organic or gluten-free twist on a traditional treat?

Everything good doesn’t have to be off the table for folks with organic or gluten-free diets. In honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, we would like to share two great soda bread recipes with you, one of which is gluten-free and the other organic. 

Traditionally associated with St. Patrick’s Day and counted as a must-have of the Irish eating experience, the Irish came to identify soda bread as their own out of financial necessity. Bread leavened from soda ash was inexpensive and easy to make, and as poverty ravaged the countryside, soda bread became a staple in the Irish diet. Today, many enjoy soda bread as a traditional food.

Now that you know a bit about the origins of Irish soda bread, it is time to try this notoriously simple bread on your own. Because we do not package a soda bread mix, we’ve found two great recipes designed to meet the dietary needs of those who are organic and/or gluten free. These recipes will let you try your hand at creating that traditional treat the organic, gluten-free way!

The organic soda bread recipe comes from OrganicToBe.org and makes one 8 to 10 inch freeform loaf of bread. It’s referred to as a “wheaten” soda bread, and is easy to put together with a few simple ingredients. You can find the recipe here.

For those with gluten sensitivity, try this wheat and gluten-free version of soda bread from the Gluten-Free Goddess blog by Karina Allrich. Her recipe features millet and sorghum flours held together by a few other exotic ingredients. Read the gluten-free recipe in its entirety, assemble your ingredients and enjoy baking bread for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

Finally, we’d like to hear about your experiences with these organic and gluten-free recipes. Tell us what you think by sending us a message, or posting to our Facebook Wall!

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