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Gluten Free Barmbrack Recipe – Delicious Traditional Irish Holiday Bread Made Gluten Free & Dairy Free

Impulsive Culinarian’s Gluten Free Traditional Irish Barmbrack Recipe

Soaking Ingredients

  • 2 cups Freshly Brewed Black Tea
  • 1/4 cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/4 cup Sultana Raisins
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Dried Currants
  • 1/4 cup Other Dried Fruit

Yeast Mixture Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Warm Water (max 100°)
  • 1 tbsp Traditional Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 tsp Sugar

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups Tapioca Flour
  • 2/3 cup Potato Starch
  • 2/3 cup Corn Starch
  • 2/3 cup Corn Flour
  • 2/3 cup Sweet White Rice Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Guar Gum
  • 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 1/2 cup Warm Dairy Free Milk
  • 1 Organic Egg
  • 1/3 cup Dairy Free Margarine, melted

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Marmalade
  • 1 generous tbsp Orange Zest (zest of 1 orange)
  • 2 tbsp Organic Honey


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Bring a pot or  kettle of water to boil
  • Line a 9″ x 2″ cake pan or spring form pan with a round of parchment paper … make sure your pan has a minimum of 2″ high sides!
  • Steep a generous 2 tbsp of black tea in 2 cups or more of the boiling water, let steep for around 5 minutes
  • Combine the yeast mixture inn a medium sized bowl, i.e.: the 3/4 cup warm water (max 100°), yeast and sugar
  • Whisk the yeast mixture together well until yeast & sugar are completely dissolved,m then set aside in a warm area to proof
  • Add all the dried fruit to a separate medium bowl, then cover with the freshly brewed tea and set aside for 10 minutes to soak
  • Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
  • In a separate medium bowl whisk together the melted margarine, and all remaining wet ingredients
  • Zest a large orange and sett the shavings aside
  • Once the dried fruits are nice and plump, add both the yeast mixture and the wet mixture to the dry mixture, then combine thoroughly with  a cake spatula
  • Switch to a large whisk  and combine vigorously until nice and smooth
  • Discard the tea and add the drained, dry  fruits to the large mixing bowl
  • Add the marmalade and orange zest and fold everything together
  • Pour the dough into your 9″ x 2″ parchment-lined pan
  • Set aside in warm place to rise for 15 minutes
  • Once thee dough has risen, put it in the oven right away and bake in the center rack for 40 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack
  • Let cool for around 15 minutes more then transfer  too a cutting board
  • Cut into generous wedges and serve immediately drizzled organic honey and a side of home-made preserves!
Warm & delicious traditional Irish barmbrack bread fresh out of the oven ... with no gluten and no dairy!
Warm & delicious traditional Irish barmbrack bread fresh out of the oven … with no gluten and no dairy!

This Traditional Irish Barmbrack Recipe Will Make You Want To Dance A Jig!

Reminiscent of other holiday bread recipes like panetone, this Irish festive fruit bread is a perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day brunch or luncheon. Best served warm fresh out of the oven, left over barmbrack can always be warmed up the day after or even cubed and used as a delicious ingredient for other sweet gluten free recipes later on. Here’s wishing you a delicious St. Paddy’s day full of health, happiness and of course, a hearty dose of barmbrack with honey, yum!

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