Spotted Dog

Spotted Dog Irish Soda Bread from Wenner Bread Products purchased at Giant Food A big rack of Irish Soda Bread was the first thing I saw upon walking in to Giant Food yesterday. My wife and I decided to buy one and have it for breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day. The bread (or at least the frozen dough) came from Wenner Bread Products. The loaf looked as good as the ones my mother used to make, using an old family recipe.

My Great-Grandmother’s Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 to 3 cups buttermilk

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in butter, dough becomes like pebbles. Coat caraway seeds and raisins with flour and add to mix.

Mix baking soda into 1 cup of buttermilk. Slowly add to flour mix, a little at a time. Continue adding buttermilk slowly, until the dough is moist and forms a ball (or pulls away from bowl). The amount of buttermilk needed depends on the weather.

Put a tablespoon of flour on a board and coat hands with flour. Knead dough a little and shape it into a loaf. Cut an X into the top.

Bake in two greased and floured 8 inch pans (or as one loaf on a cookie sheet) at 375° for 45 to 50 minutes, again depending on the weather. Test with a cake tester. Cool on a rack. Enjoy.

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