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.

Joy Howard
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2018


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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; protein 8.1g 16% DV; carbohydrates 44.7g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 5.3g 21% DV; sugars 9.8g; fat 1.5g 2% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 4% DV; cholesterol 4.4mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 57.5IU 1% DV; vitamin c 1mg 2% DV; folate 3.2mcg 1% DV; calcium 65.6mg 7% DV; iron 6.4mg 36% DV; magnesium 11mg 4% DV; potassium 235.3mg 7% DV; sodium 353.6mg 14% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV.