Spotted dog is a lightly sweetened Irish Soda Bread. Soda breads are made using baking soda as leavening. This version is sweetened with caraway seeds, dried fruit and a little sugar. It is easy to make and takes about an hour from start to finish.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 50minutes
4 - 41/2CAll Purpose Flour 500g
1 1/4TspBaking Soda
1TspFine Sea Salt
3/4CWaterAs Needed (Notes)
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
In a large mixing bowl mix the flour, baking soda, sugar,caraway seeds, and salt.
Break the egg into a small bowl andbeat well. Add the butter milk to the egg mixture and stir.
Make a well in the middle of the dry mix and slowly pour the buttermilk. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently stir to combine the wet and dry ingredients with as few strokes as possible. Add the water as needed until almost all the flour is moist and the dough comes together in a big lump. Add the dried fruit and mix with spatula.
Flour the work surface and turn the haggy dough out on it. Flatten the dough using your hands to a circular disc of about 11/2" thickness.
Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Mark an X on the top with a sharp knife. Transfer to the oven, reduce the temperature to 400°F (200°C)and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or till done .When done the tops will be lightly brown and the bottom will sound hollow when tapped Cool on the rack for few minutes.