Friday, October 1, 2010

Traditional Irish Cuisine

Traditional Irish Cuisine

The first ingredient that comes to mind when most people think of Irish cuisine is the potato. Irish culinary history can be traced back to three periods: pre-potato, post-potato and sans potato (the potato blight).

It is safe to say that the potato is a fundamental part of the Irish diet, and that no meal is complete without the inclusion of the potato in some shape or form. In Ireland, potato bread, aka potato farl, is a staple of Irish breakfast.

Of course the only true way to experience the wholesome goodness of traditional Irish cuisine is to enjoy the fresh home baking in Ireland itself. But here is a recipe for traditional Irish potato bread that you can prepare at home.

Ingredients for Irish potato bread

3 oz plain flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, Pinch of salt, 1 oz butter, 8oz mashed potatoes, 2 tablespoons milk, Butter to serve, Handful of scallions, if desired


Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, rub in the butter using the fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add in the scallions now if you are using them.

Stir in the mashed potato and enough milk to make soft but not loose dough. Roll out onto a floured board into a round approx ½ inch thick and mark into quarters without cutting right through the potato farl.
Place on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes

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