As we know, Italians love their bread! From Pane di Matera to Pane di Altamura, from Foccacia to Ciabatta. Italians make the best bread in the world! Or do they…?
Well, us Irish love our bread so much we have a National Bread week every year! So what does Ireland have to offer you when it comes to this much loved staple of our diet? Here is a quick rundown of the most popular breads in Ireland, that can be bought in bakeries and deli’s, or is served in the most authentic Irish restaurants and coffee shops.
This satisfying loaf has been around since the 19th century. It typically is made with buttermilk and uses baking soda instead of yeast in its mixture. You will mainly see this served with a bowl of soup or with some delicious avocado and egg combination on top. Did you know, the cross at the top of traditional Irish soda bread is there to let the fairies out!
This rustic bread is similar to soda bread but is made with wholegrain flour. This is traditionally cooked on a cast iron griddle and the results are a deeper colour and wholesome flavour. You will typically be served this with, Irish smoked salmon or soup. Hearty!
This bread is particularly associated with Dublin. There is a famous bakery called Mannings located on Thomas St where it was first made and is still made! It is simply delicious and personally we prefer to eat this with real Irish butter only!
Boxty bread is a traditional Irish potato pancake. It is associated with the north midlands of Ireland and is also known as ‘’poundy’’ bread. A popular version consists of potato, flour, buttermilk, egg and baking soda. It is then fried on a griddle pan until cooked. It can be eaten plain or some restaurants are now serving this bread as a wrap containing different fillings. Yum!
Ok, so these are not bread per se, but we wanted to include this Irish favourite in here, so when you are reaching for your croissant, you might try this instead. Served in almost every coffee shop in Ireland, the Irish scone unlike the British version has fruit inside it. While we occasionally enjoy the plain version, this small mound of deliciousness is a must try with a nice cup of tea! It is served with butter and jam or if you are really pushing the boat out, add some fresh whipped cream in there too. You are on holidays afterall 😉
So there you have it! Some breads for you to look out for and try. Enjoy!