Irish Soda Bread
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  • 1¾ cup sprouted spelt flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Give it a stir with a fork or a whisk just to combine the ingredients.
  4. Add raisins and stir them in. They will be coated in flour. That's okay.
  5. In a separate bowl or a large measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk, egg and vanilla.
  6. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour and stir just until combined.
  7. While you let the batter sit, grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. If that doesn't take at least 5 minutes, go do something else and come back when its been 5 minutes. Trust me ... this makes a difference.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 25-27 minutes.
  10. Serve with lots of butter.
If you use all purpose, whole wheat or regular spelt flour, increase the amount to 2 cups.
I have tried making this with honey in place of the sugar and it is more dense. You could also omit the sugar altogether and serve with honey.
We like a lot of raisins in our soda bread. If you don't, you could get away with ¾ cup.
I used real, cultured buttermilk when making this. You should too.
Recipe by Tracy B. at