Soda bread with raisins and fruit

Spotted Dog (Irish soda bread with raisins)

Traditional Irish Soda Bread gets a fun boost of flavor (and some cute spots!) with dried fruit in this recipe. This quick bread is best served the same day but you can keep it wrapped in plastic for a few days. Toast it and slather it with butter and serve it with tea.

60 mins

SERVES 4 a 6


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, currants, cranberries)

3/4 cup plain yogurt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1-2 tablespoons milk or buttermilk, if needed to moisten


Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, 1⁄4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder.

Mix 3 tablespoons butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or use your fingers. Add 1⁄2 cup dried fruit and mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the 3⁄4 plain yogurt and 1 egg. Add the yogurt/egg mixture to the flour mixture and GENTLY mix with your hands to form a round loaf. Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk, as needed, to moisten the dough.

Place the round loaf on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Take a knife and lightly cut a 'X' on the top of the loaf. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on top.

Transfer loaf to wire rack and let cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting into slices.



Measure and mix—kids love breaking up the butter into the flour!

Form the loaf


Manage the process and have fun!

A photo of Cheryl.

Cheryl Knecht Muñoz

Cheryl is the Founder and Owner of Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, a cooking school for kids and their families in River Forest, IL. As a chef, instructor, and working mom, she is passionate about growing, cooking, and sharing good food together.



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