Spotted Dog - djwtwo - cc

Spotted Dog

Spotted Dog - djwtwo - cc

The Spotted Dog is an Irish speciality halfway between a bread and a cake. Based on raisins, it can be eaten for breakfast or as a snack, on toast with a little butter. A delight, to be eaten grilled!

Taste the Spotted Dog

A cake close to the scone

The Spotted Dog is generally made on the basis of a bread with bicarbonate of soda (of type soda farl). Delicious, it has some similarities with scones, and has a slightly brioche texture, scented with raisins. This cake is usually found in good pastries, but is mostly made in Irish homes with the family.

Please note that Spotted Dogs do not keep very long: do not hesitate to eat them quickly, as their shelf life does not exceed 3 days. Do not hesitate to eat it grilled from the second day.



  • 450g of flour
  • 100g of raisins
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 litre buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 230°C
  • Mix the flour, baking soda, 2 tablespoons of sugar and the raisins in a bowl
  • Add 2/3 of milk, the egg and knead until you obtain a homogeneous dough
  • Knead to make it light and supple, and form into a loaf of bread less than 5cm thick.
  • Brush the top with the remaining milk, and sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar
  • Carve the top with a knife
  • Bury it then. After 5 minutes, lower the oven to 200°C and cook for 25 minutes.
  • Then take the bread and tap the base: if it sounds hollow, it is perfectly cooked. If not, put it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, then check again.
  • To be eaten the same day without going beyond the 3 days of conservation!
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