Find treasured recipes for everything from barm brack to soda bread farls, Irish stew and Dublin coddle. We have loads of tried and tested Irish recipes from Irish home cooks!
I came up with this recipe for wheaten bread because I really enjoy the density of the bread, but prefer it to be a little less dry. My husband loves this bread with a bowl of tomato and lentil soup or with butter and cheese or with marmalade. It really is so easy to make and comes out perfectly every time! I hope you will enjoy it too!
I have this on my menu at the moment, I serve it straight from the oven under a Juicy Rib Eye Steak its glorious when the oozing cheese mixes with the juices from the rib eye. Its very popular with my customers and my girlfriend loves it. Why not try it with a big lump of Mature Cashel Blue Cheese melted on the top and a wild mushroom sauce poured over it all. Very heavy and full of fat but great as a treat every now and then.
Soda bread dough is flattened into a round circle and divided into farls, meaning 4 parts. It is then cooked on a dry griddle or pan. Traditionally this was the quickest way to make soda bread for unexpected guests who drop by for a bit of craic (good fun). It's best eaten fresh with butter and jam but is also delicious fried as part of an Ulster fry.
A cool well poured pint of Guinness is said to taste of chocolate, so there's no better combination than a Guinness and chocolate cake.
This is an easy dark fruit cake or tea brack, which involves soaking dried fruit in strong black tea overnight. Barmbrack was traditionally served at Halloween in Ireland. Items, such as a ring to signify a wedding in the near future, would be wrapped up in paper and baked in the cake for one lucky person to find in their slice! There's no butter required for the recipe itself, but it's worth buttering every slice of this. Stored in an airtight tin, this cake will keep for 10 days.