Irish Soda Bread–Gluten Free

2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (omit if gluten-free flour bread contains this)
1/2 cup currants
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk

Heat oven to 450ºF. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together flour blend, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and xantham gum. Stir in currants and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, and egg with electric mixer on medium speed about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour blend mixture alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour blend mixture.

Place on a surface that has been lightly sprinkled with flour blend. Knead gently 4 or 5 times. Place dough on cookie sheet and pat into circle about 1½ inch thick. With a sharp knife, cut X across the loaf about 1/2-inch deep. Bake at 450ºF for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350ºF and bake 25 minutes longer or until golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing, about 4 hours.

Makes 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Allergy Warning: Contains milk and eggs