Sweet irish soda bread (spotted dick or spotted dog)

1 servings
15 min
45 min
Very Easy
Good bread to taste the good food.




  • With the oven rack in the center, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add the butter and cut it in with a pastry blender until the mixture is the consistency of fine meal.
  • Once at this point, use your hands to pinch and fluff the mixture. Add the raisins and caraway seeds and mix in with your hands to distribute.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg with a fork, then stir in the buttermilk and baking soda. make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir with the fork until the mixture forms a damp dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and coat the dough with flour on all sides. Knead with you hands a few times, then flatten into a disk about 8" across.
  • Place in the center of the prepared baking sheet and, with a floured sharp knife, make a 1/2" deep cross on top.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then tent with foil and continue to bake for another 8-10 minutes. The loaf should be a deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

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I used fennel seeds instead of caraway (didn't have any), and I really liked the light flavor it gave the bread. Was a hit at my house!

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