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Cheese and Herb Irish Soda Bread (gluten-free)

Gluten-free cheese and herb Irish Soda Bread – a super quick and easy rustic bread perfect for any time of year.

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Truth: the first time I baked bread, it was without a spec of yeast. I love me some active dry cultures and the art of rising dough but temperature criteria and patience don’t jive with me on an empty stomach. Gazing lovingly at a crunchy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside rustic bread without yeast in less than an hour sounds farcical, but haste, it’s true! All this can be yours with just two simple words: baking soda.

Irish soda bread is my all-time favorite bread to bake. It is non-judgmental of your relationship with yeast, happens to take way less time than pesky yeasty bread and it’s free form. Think outside the loaf pan.    This bread can be made with various flours to suit your fancy (and your flour inventory). I used Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour, which is a combination of various flours – mostly garbanzo bean flour and tapioca starch. You can replace the GF flour with equal parts all-purpose (or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat).

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There are a myriad of possibilities with this bread. I’ve made sun-dried tomato/basil as well as roasted garlic Irish soda bread using the same recipe below and have yet to be disappointed. What happens when Irish Soda Bread meats herbs and cheese? Nothing but fancy, fancy things. Irish soda bread, meet soup…soup, Irish Soda Bread. Do we need to leave you alone? I thought so.

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Cheese & Herb Irish Soda Bread

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Amazingly flavorful herby cheesy Irish Soda Bread is the easiest bread to make!


  • 4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour, see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon rubbed sage
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • Cracked pepper
  • 1 cup grated gruyere cheese, or parmesan or asiago
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients except for the buttermilk and whisk to combine.
  3. Form a well in the flour
  4. Pour in the buttermilk
  5. Using a spoon, stir the buttermilk into the flour, making small circles first then working your way outward to incorporate all the flour.
  6. Form the dough into a ball in your hands and turn it out onto a floured surface. The dough will be sticky. Kneed the dough a few times then form it into a disc about 2” thick. You can sprinkle some flour on the disc. Place the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  7. Using a serrated knife, gently cut an X into the dough, about ½” to 1” deep.
  8. Bake the bread 20 minutes and then lower oven heat to 400 degrees and bake 27 to 30 minutes or until the bread is golden-brown and sounds hallow when tapped.


*Bob’s Red Mill's gluten-free 1-to-1 flour works great!  You can also replace the Gluten-free flour with equal parts all-purpose flour or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving Calories 199Unsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 44gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 4g

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Marin Lee

Monday 22nd of April 2019

How about using sour cream rather than buttermilk. Would I still need to use cider vinegar?


Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Hi Marin,

I have never tested the recipe using sour cream, so I can't be sure whether or not it would turn out. I'm assuming it would work, although you may need to add a small amount of additional liquid to thin out the sour cream so that the dough comes together easily. Let me know how it turns out!

Annie in Alaska

Sunday 17th of March 2019

Delicious! I made this for my family with Dublin Coddle for St Patrick’s Day. The teenagers fought over the last piece ? I used have Parmesan and half sharp cheddar, and since I had no oregano in the cupboard, decided to try rosemary. Very good. Usually I use Bob’s RedMill 1:1 gluten free flour, but found the Namaste all in one GF to work too.


Saturday 16th of March 2019

Is there a dairy free alternative to buttermilk that could work? Thank you for your wonderful blog!


Saturday 16th of March 2019

Hi Christine!

Absolutely! Try replacing the buttermilk with 2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk and 1/4 cup cider vinegar. Let me know how it goes! xo

Virginia Coover

Thursday 24th of January 2019

I'm not a bread baker, and the idea of making bread without yeast is fantastic! What would I do differently to bake this in a loaf pan?


Saturday 15th of September 2018

I made this recipe today for the first time. It turned out so much better than I imagined!! The texture is fantastic! The only thing I did differently was to add a head of roasted garlic to the recipe. It is a hit with the family, even though I’m the only GF person in the house!! That is always a sure sign of a great recipe! Thank you, I can’t wait for pasta night!!

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