Spotted Dog Loaf (one bowl wonder)

Easter may be a holiday but it doesn’t stop me from throwing a quick little bake together. I wanted something we can have with a cup of tea over the next day or two.

I wanted to try another traditional Northern Irish loaf. This loaf was made at the time of year when the men would work particularly hard in the fields. The farmers wife would ensure they had a richer bread than usual for tea. That would mean she would throw in a handful of currants or raisins, some sugar and egg. The result was a sweet cake.

Not sure exactly where the name came from, maybe the dried fruit looks like spots on the farmers dog!


300g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

3 tablespoons caster sugar

100g mixed fruit

1 beaten egg

200ml buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 190C


Stir the dry ingredients together including the fruit. Make a well in the centre and stir in the egg and buttermilk.

This makes a raggedy sticky dough.

With floured hands knead the dough, just a little bit.

Shape it into your prepared tin.

Bake for 35-40 minutes till the loaf is a dark golden colour and a cocktail stick comes out clean when pushed into the cake.

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