Traditional “Spotted Dog (Raisins)” Irish Soda Bread

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

First day I’ve finally felt better, and I have some catching up to do. Today I’m going to share with you a very basic, but traditional Irish soda bread recipe. My Nana Melvin has promised to give me the family recipe for our version of the Soda Bread, but she made me promise not to post on here. What I will probably do is make some next year as a contest gift and post pictures. Only four people in my family have the recipe.

My parents went out and brought me home some Shepard’s Pie from the pub in Lowell. I’m still trying to get back to 100%, but I can’t shake this cough.

I considered making these “Irish Car Bomb” Cupcakes I found awhile back on Brown Eyed Baker’s website. I’ll give you guys the link for that in case you still want to try it. You can find it here: Irish Bomb Cupcakes

Don't her cupcakes look amazing?! I can't wait to try these.

But until I make those… let’s get back to the bread! This costs next to nothing to make. You probably even have all the ingredients in your own pantry.

You Will Need:

  • 4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz of buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins

1. Set your oven to 425 and grease 2 cake pans

2. Put all of your dry ingredients into your mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk as you mix until you get a sticky dough

3. Take your dough and put it on a floured surface. Lightly knead it but not too much. Then take it and shape it into a ball. Put into one of the cake pans.

4. Cut a light cross on the top of the dough and place the other cake pan on top of the other one to act as a dutch oven.

Bake for 30 minutes with the cover on. Then 15 with it off.

Once done, take a damp paper towel and put on top of your bread to keep moist. Enjoy!


Also I cut my hair again. A little shorter than before, but it was getting too long for my taste.


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