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Irish Soda Bread (Spotted Dog, Railway Cake) By Amanda’s Cooking

Irish Soda Bread (Spotted Dog, Railway Cake)
By Amanda’s Cooking

“First off, let me state for the record that I am not Irish. In fact, I’m British born, raised in America and married to an American raised Italian. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and Irish Soda Bread was something I hadn’t baked yet, until today. Or had I? I thought I had, that’s what the recipe was called. But after a little searching, it seems what I may have made is actually called Spotted Dog or even Railway Cake. No matter what it’s actually called, I know it’s totally delicious. Reminds me of eating raisin bread when I was a “wee tot”.”

“I found this wonderful recipe on the All Recipes website. The recipe title is Irish Soda Bread. I didn’t see anyone arguing that in the comments either. However, according to this site, if it has raisins it’s actually not soda bread. They also say if it contains raisins, eggs, baking powder, sugar or shortening, it’s then called a cake, not a bread. Makes total sense to me! Unless of course you are referring to a quick bread…”


My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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