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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Elle's Kitchen: Spotted Dog

Or Murphy's Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread is only made
with flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk,
we always add raisins which technically
makes this Spotted Dog.


3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup golden raisins
3 teas. sugar, reserve 1 teas.
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl, combine dry
ingredients and add raisins.

In a small bowl, combine 1 1/3 cup
buttermilk and the egg, mix together.

Make a well in the center of the dry
ingredients and pour the wet ingredients
in the center.

Mix ingredients together with your
hands, do not overwork dough. If
dough is very dry add more buttermilk.

Turn out onto a floured board
and work dough together into
a flattened round.

Brush top with buttermilk and
sprinkle with reserved sugar.

Transfer to a baking sheet with a
silicon liner or lined with parchment.
Cut a deep cross in the loaf.

Bake at 375 F. for 35 to 40
minutes, knock on the bottom of the
 loaf, you want it to sound hollow.

Note: It adds an extra bit of Irish magic,
 if you are wearing the Claddaugh ring
your Grandma Murphy gave you for
your 13th birthday.

Allow to cool on a rack, slice and
serve slathered with Irish butter.

Special thanks to the American
Homestead baker and all round
Irish girl, Katie Rose Murphy!


  1. Lovely recipe! Got mine in the oven now ..hope it comes out as nice as yours! Happy St.Patrick's, Nancy T ~

    1. Enjoy Nancy! Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Ellen