A yearly tradition every March, soda bread to celebrate our Irish roots on St. Patrick's Day. I made last year's spelt version again, this time with raisins becasue we didn't have currants and we just got a huge box of bulk flame raisins from our coop order. Flame raisins are big and plump and juicy so I chopped them up into smaller bits. Whole spelt four makes this very hearty and we love it. If you don't have spelt or want a lighter version you can sub spelt with whole wheat or all purpose flour or a combo of them.
I like this recipe because it makes 2 small loaves and we like to gift the second loaf to a friend every year. This year Iley wanted to share it with his teacher, Miss Alicia. She tried to share it with her class, but the caraway seeds did not go over well with the little taste palettes, except for iley, haha! I guess exposing his taste buds to an array of spices and flavors since birth has paid off with him not being too picky now (he still has his moments though-mushrooms and greens are not welcome at the moment). So you may want to make one loaf without (or a less amount of) caraway seeds if you'll be sharing with little ones.
I made another video featuring this recipe(!!!). Trying a new format, which makes it much more viewable, as it is just about 2 minutes long. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Thank you!!!! See the embedded video further down in the post.
Happy St. Patrick's Day friends! And happy happy Spring! Don't forget to set you clocks ahead tonight. We are so looking forward to longer days and watching the earth bloom in green once again.
Recipe after the jump...
Spelt Soda Bread
makes two 6-8" round loaves