Spelt Irish soda bread with Irish whiskey soaked sultanas

Soda bread is so under-rated. It’s fantastically tasty and easy to make bread. I’ve created this Spelt Irish soda bread as an almost gluten free option, as spelt is naturally low in gluten. It is a great homemade bread for toasting or just slathering in butter. It makes a breakfast, brunch, snack or lunch a bit more fun as it is packed with delicious plump Whiskey soaked sultanas. Try to use Irish Whiskey to really get into the spirit!

I married a Kelly, so my husband and children have some Irish blood in them. This Irish soda bread is my nod to St Patricks Day.

Soda bread is so under-rated. It's fantastically tasty and easy to make bread. I've created this Spelt Irish soda bread as an almost gluten free option, as spelt is naturally low in gluten. It is a great homemade bread for toasting or just slathering in butter. It makes a breakfast, brunch, snack or lunch a bit more fun as it is packed with delicious plump Whiskey soaked sultanas. Try to use Irish Whiskey to really get into the spirit!

Spelt Irish Soda Bread - The Cracked Crust.

The famous cracked crust of a soda bread.

Light and moist, slightly sweet, with a crunchy crust. My daughter loved it so much she practically begged me to bake bread for her even when she moved out. I’m sure this loaf will be part of our regular visits.

Spelt Irish Soda Bread With A Light Crumb.

A light crumb.

The juicy sultanas give a sweet boozy burst of flavour. A brilliant addition for St Patricks day. Substitute with orange juice if you want to be alcohol free.

Spelt Irish Soda Bread With Sultanas.

Plump Whiskey soaked sultanas.

Still slightly warm you can eat this ‘naked’, but add a bit of butter if you fancy.

Spelt Irish Soda Bread With Butter.

Slather with butter if you are feeling decadent.

Spelt Soda Bread With Whiskey Soaked Sultanas And Butter.

This Spelt Irish Soda bread is also fantastic toasted with a scrape of butter and marmalade.

But for now, slightly melting butter on warm soft bread will definitely do.

Homemade Spelt Irish Soda Bread.

Homemade Spelt Irish Soda Bread Recipe.

How to make this Spelt Irish soda bread with Irish Whiskey soaked sultanas

Ingredients

  • 75g sultanas
  • Irish whiskey
  • 170g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 2 rounded tsp of baking powder
  • 170g white spelt flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2tsp sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 290g buttermilk

Method

Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
Place some parchment paper on an oven tray.

The first thing to do is to place your sultanas into a bowl and pour in just enough Irish whiskey to cover them. Let them plump up for at least a few hours but overnight if you can.

Soaking Sultanas In Irish Whiskey For Soda Bread Recipe.

Soak sultanas in Irish Whiskey.

Add the baking powder into the wholemeal spelt flour and stir through thoroughly.

Baking Powder And Spelt Flour For Soda Bread Recipe.

Baking powder and spelt flour.

Sieve both flours into a large bowl along with the salt, coconut sugar and bicarb. Stir these ingredients together thoroughly.

Handmade Irish Soda Bread Recipe.

Add salt, sugar and bi-carb.

Add in the sultanas and stir through.

How To Make Spelt Irish Soda Bread.

Add sultanas.

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk.

How To Make Spelt Soda Bread.

Stir the ingredients, then pour in the buttermilk.

Using a fork mix it all together to make a sticky dough.

How To Make A Spelt Soda Bread.

Mix with a fork.

Tip onto a floured surface and knead for just a minute or two.

Hand-made Spelt Soda Bread.

Knead on a floured surface.

Tip onto the prepared oven tray. Wash and dry your hands then flour them. Gently pat the dough into a rounded shape.

Making A Spelt Irish Soda Bread.

Deeply scour the dough with a cross.

How To Make An Easy Spelt Soda Bread.

Cut a cross in the dough.

Mind the dog.

Dog With Flour On His Face.

Bilbo.

Bake for about 30 minutes. The loaf should sound hollow when the base is tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

Soda bread is so under-rated. It's fantastically tasty and easy to make bread. I've created this Spelt Irish soda bread as an almost gluten free option, as spelt is naturally low in gluten. It is a great homemade bread for toasting or just slathering in butter. It makes a breakfast, brunch, snack or lunch a bit more fun as it is packed with delicious plump Whiskey soaked sultanas. Try to use Irish Whiskey to really get into the spirit!

Crunchy crust.

Freshly Made Spelt Irish Soda Bread.

Fresh from the oven.

‘Top of the morning to you’ and happy St Patrick’s day!

Irish Spelt Soda Bread Recipe.

Soft and sweet crumb.

Home-made Irish Soda Bread Made With Spelt.

You don’t even need to add butter!

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Soda bread is so under-rated. It's fantastically tasty and easy to make bread. I've created this Spelt Irish soda bread as an almost gluten free option, as spelt is naturally low in gluten. It is a great homemade bread for toasting or just slathering in butter. It makes a breakfast, brunch, snack or lunch a bit more fun as it is packed with delicious plump Whiskey soaked sultanas. Try to use Irish Whiskey to really get into the spirit!

Other great breakfast, brunch ideas

Banana Crumpets With Cream Cheese, Pistachios And Rice Syrup

Cheesy, Chicken And Pancetta Pull-apart Bread

Healthy Gluten-free Breakfast Cookies

Cocoa And Apricot Grain-free Granola

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5 Comments

  1. Andy
    March 14, 2016 / 11:40 am

    In the name of jaysas, will yer looka that! I’ll be gettin somma dat or Tersday, or so I will 🙂 happy Paddy’s Day

    • Maria Kelly
      March 14, 2016 / 12:42 pm

      Your Irish ancestors will be so proud of you xx