No matter where you wander in the world there is nothing more comforting to enjoy some of your favorite Irish products that we all love to miss. With international supermarkets stretched across the globe there is nothing better than discovering your home grown favorites in your local deli. One doesn’t need to be abroad to truly appreciate the wondrous nature of Irish produce. We have compiled a list of our top ten Irish food products. If you haven’t already, IrishCentral.com strongly urges you to run out and sample our selection. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Irish soda bread
For centuries people around Ireland have been baking the finest Irish soda bread in the world. For many Irish people the thought of soda bread conjures up images of their grandmother baking in a floury apron for the evening tea.
The quick healthy recipe which includes flour, bread soda, salt, egg and buttermilk or for variation you can add raisins or caraway seeds. In contrast to American bread, Irish soda bread is not sweet and rather dry. It doesn’t contain an abundance of salt as soda bread is usually loaded with rich Irish butter or cheese.
Soda bread is so easy to bake and the end result will prove delicious. Many stockists of Irish products around the world carry Irish bread products such as soda bread, brown bread (a variation of soda bread) and scones.
Soda Bread Recipe
100% Wholemeal Flour – 3 cups
Plain White Flour – ½ cup
Bread Soda – 1 level teaspoon
Baking Powder – 1 level teaspoon
Pinch of Salt
Pint of Buttermilk
Greased Baking Tin
To make traditional Irish rown soda bread place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with your fingers allowing the air to pass through the mixture.
Mix for a couple of minutes and make a well in the middle of the mixture. Break egg into bowl, add buttermilk and whisk. Then pour mixture into well of dry ingredients, holding back a small amount. Mix until all combines, (the mixture should be quite wet).
Pour mixture or dough into a greased baking tin and if you like sprinkle with some sesame seeds or poppy seeds, which brings a lovely appearance to the loaf when cooked. Place in a pre-heated oven, 150/160 for 55-60 minutes.
Check if loaf is cooked by inserting a skewer into the loaf, if the skewer is completely dry when removed the bread is cooked. Remove loaf from tin, (should sound hollow when tapped), and allow to cool.
A little drop of Guinness can be added to the buttermilk/egg mixture, which darkens the bread and introduces a yeast flavour, a small bit of brown sugar can also be added. Try sultanas and walnuts, try pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or any seeds. Try some chopped apricots or your own favourite dried fruits. The combinations are endless...but most importantly…enjoy and have fun baking.
Full Irish breakfast
Blueberry pancakes may be delicious. No brunch menu may be complete without eggs Benedict but few meals in the world rival a full Irish breakfast. A full Irish breakfast consists of Irish bacon (rashers), sausage, fried eggs, fried tomato, home fried potatoes and black and white pudding. Rashers are thickly sliced pieces of bacon which contain a layer of fat around the meat. It is similar to Canadian bacon. Traditionally Irish bacon is taken from the back meat of a pig as opposed to the pork belly used in American bacon. Irish sausages tend to be thicker also than the average. Black and white pudding is made from blood and grain. No full Irish breakfast is complete without a pot of tea.
For the past generation Ireland has produced a wide selection of biscuits (cookies) to rival our foreign competitors. A cup of tea in Ireland goes hand in hand with a biscuit so for most people their cupboards are fully stocked with Ireland’s own.
Jacobs Jaffa cakes continue to be a popular choice. The sponge cakes contain an orange filling and are topped off with a milk chocolate coating.
Jacobs fig rolls have been an Irish family favorite for decades. The combination of fresh figs wrapped in pastry and baked with the secret Jacobs recipe makes them a stable Irish choice. McVities Milk Chocolate Hob Nobs are excellent for dipping in your tea. The famous Hob Nobs are milk chocolate covered oatmeal cookies.
Oatmeal. Irish oatmeal has become an international favorite in recent years. Products such as McCann’s steel cut oatmeal now show up on breakfast menus worldwide. With its’ healthy reputation, Irish oatmeal has become a major export for Ireland.
Cadbury Roes outsell frozen turkeys by 50% during the Christmas season. Originally started in Birmingham England, in Ireland the Cadbury factory has been a well known landmark in North Dublin.