In this healthy whole-wheat Irish soda bread recipe, the addition of fruit and caraway seeds is often referred to as ''spotted dog,'' but you can omit them if you prefer a more traditional Irish soda bread. Baked in a skillet, this crowd-pleasing bread is delicious eaten warm with a pat of butter. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2018

Joy Howard


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Warm a 9-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and add butter, swirling to coat the bottom and sides.

  • Combine flour, currants, raisins, caraway seeds, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Gradually add buttermilk, stirring just until the flour is fully incorporated. Do not overmix. The dough should be sticky and a little shaggy.

  • Transfer the dough to the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread it evenly. It's OK if it doesn't reach all the way to the sides. Use a sharp knife to score a deep X in the top of the loaf.

  • Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.


Equipment: 9-inch cast-iron skillet

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; 1.5 g total fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 354 mg sodium. 235 mg potassium; 44.7 g carbohydrates; 5.3 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 8.1 g protein; 57 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 3 mcg folate; 66 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 11 mg magnesium;