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Spotted Dog Loaf

Posted on the 13 January 2013 by Luciferguson @Luciferguson
I assume this loaf gets it's name through its similarity to spotted dick. However its more of a bread which you serve in thick slices and covered in butter. Who could ask for more!
300g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
3tbsp caster sugar
100g dried fruit
200ml buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
pinch of salt
  • Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the sugar, bicarb and salt.
  • Make a well in the center and add the dried fruit, egg and buttermilk (see noted for alternatives). Mix to form a dough.
  • Knead very briefly on a lightly floured surface, then press into a greased loaf tin. 
  • Cook for 35-40 minutes at 190 degrees, until the top is s dark golden color.Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack. 

Spotted Dog Loaf
Spotted Dog Loaf
Spotted Dog Loaf
As the picture shows, I forgot to beat the egg first. So although the recipe works without it being beaten, you should still beat it!
Your local supermarket may stock buttermilk, if not there are alternatives. I used a 200ml mix that was half milk and half natural yoghurt.
As for the dried fruit, I used raisins as I had some in. Sultanas, currants or a mixture would work just as well.

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