4 Ways to Serve Traditional Irish Bread

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4 Ways to Serve Traditional Irish Bread
4 Ways to Serve Traditional Irish Bread

Irish bread is a delicious bread traditionally served on St. Patrick's Day. However, this delight can be enjoyed all year round, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Super easy to make, Irish bread can be served with butter and marmalade for breakfast, or as an accompaniment to a very thick stew on those days when you need a little warmth in your chest. Use the recipe below to make Irish bread in a snap. Afterwards, you can even use the bread to make French Toast for dessert!


traditional irish bread

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 500 ml of buttermilk.

Makes 1 loaf.

Irish bread toast

  • 1 sliced ​​Irish bread.
  • 3 eggs.
  • 1/4 cup of milk.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.


Method 1 of 4: Serving Irish Bread

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Step 1. Serve the Irish bread warm

Although Irish bread is still tasty at room temperature, it is ideal to eat it warm. The temperature is perfect for the bread cake texture and helps to accentuate the recipe's rustic flavors. Then serve the bread toasted or as soon as it comes out of the oven.

  • You can also put the bread back in the oven for seven to eight minutes at 180 °C to heat it up.
  • Butter the bread while it is still warm. The butter will melt and penetrate the dough.
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Step 2. Slice the bread

Cut the bread with a suitable knife horizontally, into slices of 0.5 cm or so. The thickness of the slices will make them stay whole without crumbling when you put them in your mouth.

If you're tired of the usual slices of bread, cut the bread into quarters or crescents

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Step 3. Place the bread on the table

To serve the bread as an accompaniment, place it on the table so that guests can help themselves to the slices whenever they like. Serve the bread in an appropriate form, on a tray or in a small basket. Cover the basket with a linen napkin to keep the bread warm.

  • Cut bread in advance or put a knife on the table so guests can buy their own slices.
  • If the slices are crumbling, give your guests small plates to keep the table clean.
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Step 4. Store the bread in an airtight container

When you and your guests have finished eating, take the bread off the table. Wrap it together with a plate of plastic-film, place it in a ZipLoc or store it in a bread holder. Bread will spoil quickly if not stored in an airtight container.

Eat the bread for a maximum of three days to enjoy the flavor and texture to the full

Method 2 of 4: Eating Irish Bread

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Step 1. Eat the buttered Irish bread

Bread and butter is a world culinary classic. Cut the bread while still warm and cover it with a thick layer of butter at room temperature. If the butter is unsalted, season it with a little salt to accentuate the flavor.

  • Mix room temperature butter with fresh herbs such as rosemary to make a super-fragrant herb butter.
  • Use coconut butter or olive oil instead of butter for a vegan snack.
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Step 2. Serve the bread with citrus jellies

Irish bread has a rustic flavor that goes perfectly with sweet or sour citrus jelly. You can either prepare your own recipe or buy a jelly from your favorite supermarket.

  • If the bread has been out of the oven for a while, toast a few slices before using the jam.
  • Red fruit jellies are also a great choice.
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Step 3. Serve a slice of bread with stew

Because it's thick and full of sustenance, Irish bread is great with beef stews, especially with a traditional Irish stew. You can use the bread to soak up the broth from the meat or to bring the meat and vegetables to your mouth. Traditionally, Irish bread is served with a slow-cooked barley beef stew.

Try making your own barley beef stew. There are several recipes available online

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Step 4. Dip the bread into a soup

Nothing tastes better with minestrone soup than a slice of buttered Irish bread. Dip the bread in the soup broth or eat it between spoonfuls.

Since Irish bread is relatively simple, it is delicious with almost any type of soup

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Step 5. Make a sandwich

Irish bread has a mild flavor that matches almost any type of filling. Try making a classic Swiss cheese sandwich with roast beef and sauerkraut. If you're feeling creative, spread apple butter on slices of Irish bread and add the finishing touch with a dash of fried bacon.

  • Irish bread is known to be crumbly. Toast the slices before making the sandwich to maintain the integrity of the dough.
  • Irish bread goes well with any type of cheese, but gorgonzola is especially tasty.
  • You can also make an open sandwich with toasted bread and cheese to mess things up a bit.

Method 3 of 4: Making Traditional Irish Bread

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Step 1. Prepare your workplace

Preheat oven to 220 °C. While waiting, grease and flour a 10-inch circular pan. Reserve. For a more traditional feel, use a cast iron skillet instead of a tin. Cast iron pans must be pre-cured and therefore do not need to be greased and floured.

To grease and flour a pan, start by rubbing butter into the inside of the pan. Then pour some flour into the pan and spread until all the butter is covered. Throw away the excess

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Step 2. Place the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl

Put four cups of all-purpose flour, a teaspoon of baking soda, and a teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Beat until well blended, leaving no lumps.

  • If the flour is lumpy, sift it before mixing it with the other ingredients.
  • To make wholemeal Irish bread, substitute three cups of white flour for wholemeal flour.
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Step 3. Add 500 ml of buttermilk

Pour the buttermilk all at once into the bowl and mix with a spatula until uniform. Beat the ingredients enough to make the bread crust very soft. If you prefer a more traditional rustic cone, stop mixing as soon as the dough appears uniform.

Do not blend the buttermilk with an electric mixer. The mixer will make the dough go past the point and not rise properly

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Step 4. Transfer the dough to the pan or pan

Then tap the pan on the kitchen counter to break up any air bubbles. Then cut an X into the dough with a sharp knife so that it bakes evenly

According to Irish tradition, the X serves to get the devil out of the dough. In reality, however, it just allows the oven's heat to penetrate the entire dough

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Step 5. Bake the bread for 30 to 45 minutes

Place the dough in the center of the hot oven and bake for 30 minutes. After that time, take a look at the bread every now and then to see if it's ready. The rind of the bread should feel firm to the touch, and when you insert a toothpick into the center of the dough, it should come out clean.

If you opted for the cast iron skillet, the bread will probably need 45 minutes in the oven

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Step 6. Allow to cool on a cooling grid

Take the bread out of the oven when it's done and place it on a cooling rack. If you let the bread cool completely in the pan, it will have a soft bottom. Let it cool for just a few minutes before serving.

If the bread crumbles too much when you cut it, let it cool for a few more minutes. This will make the dough firmer

Method 4 of 4: Making Irish Bread French Toast

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Step 1. Cut the bread into 2 cm thick slices

With a suitable knife, cut the bread into thick slices to serve as a base for the french toast. Once you're going to fry the bread, it can be both fresh and stale.

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Step 2. Mix eggs, milk and spices in a bowl

In a large bowl, combine three eggs, ¼ cup milk, half a teaspoon of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of nutmeg. Stir with a spoon until well blended.

Don't worry if the egg doesn't fully mix with the other ingredients. The egg pieces will disappear when you bring the bread to the fire

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Step 3. Dip the bread slices one by one into the mixture

Dip a slice of bread lightly into the egg mixture until it is very wet. Turn the slice over to wet it on both sides before putting it in the pan.

Your hands will get a little dirty, but it will be worth it

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Step 4. Fry the french toast

Place a buttered skillet over medium heat. Toss a wet slice of bread into the skillet and fry until golden on both sides. Remove the french toast from the heat and put it to cool on a plate before serving.

If the bread starts to smoke, the fire is too high. Lower it a little bit and continue

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Step 5. Serve the French Toast

In Brazil, the French toast is usually served after Christmas dinner or as breakfast, at certain times of the year. But like Irish bread, you don't need any special dates to enjoy it. Try complementing the french toast with honey, wild fruits and icing sugar to make it even sweeter. Or, combine it with savory ingredients. How about preparing a french toast sandwich with bacon and fried egg? It is delicious!

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