Irish Soda Bread–Spotted Dog

This traditional Irish Soda Bread-Spotted Dog requires no rising time and is so simple to put together. No kneading and no waiting…in no time you have an amazing quick bread! It is just perfect for breakfast or enjoy with a hot cup of tea whenever you need a little break.

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Quick Bread

prep Time

10 min



– 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for sprinkling – 1/4 cup wheat bran not bran cerealor toasted wheat germ – 1 teaspoon baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1/2 stick 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into bits – 1 cup golden raisins I also used some currants – 1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt use your favorite nut milk or dairy free yogurt to make it vegan

The basic soda bread is made with flour, baking soda, salt, and soured milk (or buttermilk).  So the bread I’m sharing that is called Irish Soda Bread in Gourmet 1994 is actually a Spotted Dog because of the addition of raisins.

What are the origins of Irish Soda Bread? I had to read a little about the origins of Irish Soda Bread. I found out there is even a Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread. The author of the article explains, “the Irish have made Soda Bread theirs.  Not by choice, but by a state of poverty that made it the easiest bread to put on the table.”


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