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Cully’s Spotty Dog White Soda Bread


  • 1 lb white flour
  • Dessert spoon sugar
  • Level teasp. salt
  • Scant level teasp. bread soda
  • 4 oz sultana
  • 12 oz. butter milk, approximately
  • 1 egg (optional - If you leave it out, add a little more butter milk)
Cully’s Spotty Dog White Soda Bread


I generally just guess the measurements. I've been doing it for a while now and it adds a bit of variety to my bread eating experience! However, it is the Ballymaloe recipe that I first learnt so I will give you that recipe. This is for Spot of Dog. For regular white bread, you can leave out the sultanas & sugar. The egg makes the loaf a little richer. This makes a small loaf!


  • Have your oven preheated to approx 200 C.
  • I always mix using my hands.
  • A great trick is to only use one hand once you've added the liquid.
  • This gives you a clean hand to rectify any mistakes!
  • Put all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix with hand being sure to aerate the flour by lifting it and allowing it to fall back into the bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk - all at once if you're sure of the quantity.
  • Mix using one hand and hold the bowl with the other, try and achieve this in 4 or 5 good sweeps so as not to over mix.
  • The mixture should come together easily without it being too wet.
  • Scrape directly onto a floured baking tray - this where the clean hand is useful.
  • Cut a cross in it the full length and width of the loaf and spike each quarter with your knife to let the fairy's out (just as important as with mum's loaf!)
  • Pop into the oven and reduce temp to 180 C after 10 minutes.
  • Cook for approx. half an hour.