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.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet.
Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a large bowl.
Beat eggs with milk in a separate bowl.
Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until moistened; batter will be very thick.
Fold in raisins until thoroughly combined.
Spread batter into prepared cast iron skillet.
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.