Spotted Dog Irish Bread

This is my family’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day bread. My grandmother has had this recipe for longer than I’ve been alive. I was SHOCKED to find out this wasn’t real Irish Soda Bread, but instead more commonly known as Spotted Dog. Whatever you call it, it is unbeatable topped with a bit of butter.



Step: 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Step: 2

Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet.

Step: 3

Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a large bowl.

Step: 4

Beat eggs with milk in a separate bowl.

Step: 5

Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until moistened; batter will be very thick.

Step: 6

Fold in raisins until thoroughly combined.

Step: 7

Spread batter into prepared cast iron skillet.

Step: 8

Bake in the preheated oven until bread has risen and is golden brown on top, about 1 hour.


Per Serving: 196 calories; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 43.3g; fat 1.1g; cholesterol 17.1mg; sodium 178.6mg.

The quality of the flour can make a real difference to your bread. Different brands do vary. Extra-strong or Canadian flours, which are bet higher in gluten, may give you a better rise than standard dough flours – especially if you’re make wholemeal dough , which not always rise as well as clear bread.

To made this in a dough , add all the ingredients to your breadmaker and follow the makers instructions.

A bread first rising can be make in the fridge 24 hours . This slows down the time it takes to rise to double its size, giving it a deeper flavour. It’s also a great limit , as you can start it yesterday , then finish it off the next day.

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