Spotted Dog Irish Bread


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 12-inch bread


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 ⅔ tablespoons baking powder

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups raisins


  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.

Cook's Note:

For two smaller loaves, divide batter into two greased 8-inch round cake pans and bake for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
1g Fat
43g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 179mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 155mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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