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Spotted Dog Irish Bread Recipe
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Spotted Dog Irish Bread

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 1 12-inch bread Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet.
  3. Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a large bowl.
  4. Beat eggs with milk in a separate bowl.
  5. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until moistened; batter will be very thick.
  6. Fold in raisins until thoroughly combined.
  7. Spread batter into prepared cast iron skillet.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until bread has risen and is golden brown on top, about 1 hour.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • For two smaller loaves, divide batter into two greased 8-inch round cake pans and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Mar 17, 2012

I tried this recipe after being disappointed with most Irish Soda Bread Recipes and was pleasantly surprised! The recipe was extremely easy! The bread is slightly dense but has an amazing flavor, especially buttered with real butter! I followed the recipes exactly; did not soak the raisins first, and it came out perfect - not dry at all. I did brush a little milk on the top before baking and butter after baking to create a softer, golden crust. I used my Kitchenaide to mix the batter quickly without over mixing. Baking time was approximately 50 minutes. I am impressed and will definitely use this recipe instead of the dry traditional recipes!

Jan 06, 2015

This was good! I made it to compare it to my M-I-L's recipe she calls Scon (rhymes with Ron, she's from County Caven). I have yet to find any similar recipe to hers or anything called Scon. The closest one likely originated in Scotland according to history. Anyways, her recipe is: 3 c white flour, 1 c white table sugar, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 c raisins (tip: for those that don't want to buy a big box of raisins it's 4-6 of the 1 oz snack size boxes), 1 egg, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 c whole milk. Preheat oven to 350. Mix by whisk the egg and milk together in a large bowl. Mix the dry ingredients together, by whisk, in another large bowl. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet ingredients while mixing by whisk or hand mixer (I use a whisk and then at the end I use a hand mixer to get any lumps out). Stir in the raisins. Pour into a lightly coated glass loaf pan. It will be full, but it does make just 1 loaf. Bake for 1 hour. If a knife inserted in the middle doesn't come out clean after 1 hour, cover the edges with foil and bake longer (20- 40 min). I measure and rip off 2 pieces of foil, lay it on the stove top crossing each other to place the loaf pan in the center and fold up the sides to wrap the pan easily rather than trying to cover the edges of a hot pan with strips of foil. Try it, once cooled a slice is great with a spread of real butter and a cup of tea :)


4 Ratings

Jun 11, 2013

Very good. Sweeter than I expected. Will try it again with less sugar. I did use 2 cups of whole wheat flour to add some grains and it turned out really well.

Mar 22, 2015

Delicious and very easy to make. I used half the amount of sugar called for in the recipe and it still has a nice sweetness and very good texture. It browned quickly so I tented it with foil about half way through the baking time. I'll definitely make this one again. Thank you, Joshua, for sharing your family recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 196 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.3 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 179 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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