Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F
4 cups (560g) Strong white flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt to taste
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup white raisins
12 fl.ozs/350 ml /1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 Tbsp melted butter - optional
Stir flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and raisins together.
Separately, fork-blend eggs and buttermilk, then add to dry ingredients.
Stir until sticky batter is formed. Scrape batter onto well floured surface and
knead lightly. Shape batter into ball, then place in round non-stick casserole
that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Mark a cross in the center, using a
sharp knife. Bake uncovered for about 1 1/4 hour.
Brush top with melted butter whilst hot and cool on a wire rack.
Powdered buttermilk does not have to be mixed
separately. I just add the powder with my flour and the water with the my other
liquids and let it mix in the batter.