A Taste of Ireland for Saint Patrick’s Day – Recipes from the Emerald Isle

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 A Taste of Ireland for Saint Patrick’s Day

It is hard to believe, but winter is pretty much over and Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated almost all over the world, but it has not always been that way! It was historically a religious and cultural holiday observed by the Irish as a way to celebrate the Patron Saint bringing Christianity to the region. Religious services in the morning followed by a feast at night was (up until recently) how many celebrated. The holiday was able to cross the pond to America when two Irishmen celebrated the holiday in 1600 in Saint Augustine, Florida which then prompted the first ever recorded Saint Patrick’s Day Parade just one year later in 1601. This would be the beginning of how many of us today would come to celebrate the holiday, which has now become a more secular celebration filled with parades, green beer, and parties.

Ireland is amazing to visit any time of year, however many visitors to the Emerald Isle try to time their visit to coincide with the holiday as many cities have a week long celebration of all things Irish! Definitely an experience everyone should try and enjoy at least once! Unable to make it the Emerald Isle this year, but looking to bring a little more Irish flare to your day? Well look no further because we have a few mouth-watering Irish breakfast recipes that you can make and truly embrace the holiday starting from when you first wake up!

We contacted Ariel House, a luxury guest house in Dublin, Ireland who serve up some of the most amazingAriel House guest house Dublin breakfasts in the area in a meticulously updated Victorian guesthouse. So amazing in fact that their food has won multiple awards (Best Breakfast in Dublin from Triage) (Ireland Guide Best Breakfast Awards) and has quickly become one of the top places to stay while visiting Dublin (Top 25 Romantic Hotels in Ireland from Trip Advisor) (McKennas’ Guide Top Places to stay in Ireland)

 

 

fresh baked bread and homemade butter from Ariel HouseThe charming Victorian house was once three separate Victorian buildings which now serve up homemade and local fare to their guests. Situated in the Ballsbridge suburb it is only a 35 minute walk into the heart downtown. Although after filling up on their scones, freshly baked bread and homemade butter you will wish it was a bit further!

 

For a full blown Irish breakfast try a couple of these recipes with some black pudding and fried eggs. We guarantee it will be a huge hit for the entire family!

 

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Brown Bread Recipe

brown bread Ariel House

Ingredients

2 ½ Ibs Self Raising Flour

1 ½ Ibs Wholemeal Flour

12oz Porridge Oats

1 teaspoon of Sugar

3 teaspoons of Salt

150ml of Baking Powder

4 teaspoons of Baking Soda

 

Method

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly

Add 4 Eggs

Add 3 Pints of Milk

Consistency should be wet

Bake at 375oc for 35-45mins

 

MAKES

3 Loaves

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Coffee & Walnut Traybake

Ingredients

Ariel House Coffee and Walnut Tray Bake225g butter

225g brown sugar

285g self-rising flour

2 tsp baking powder

4 eggs

2 tbsp milk

85g butter for icing

225g icing sugar for icing

1 tsp milk for icing

2 tsp strong coffee for icing

Walnut halves to decorate

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C

Grease a baking tin and line with parchment paper

Place all the sponge ingredients into a bowl and beat well for 2 minutes

Turn into prepared pan and level the top

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake is firm but springs back at the touch

Leave to cool

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and icing sugar, milk, and coffee essence

Spread evenly over the cake

Cut into squares of equal size and decorate with walnut

 

MAKES 48 squares

 

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Sweet White Scones Recipe

Ariel House SconesIngredients

900g of White Flour

175g of Butter

3 Free Range Eggs

50g of Castor Sugar

3 heaped teaspoons of Baking Powder

450ml of Milk

Egg Wash

Granulated Sugar for sprinkling

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 250 C

Sieve all the dry ingredients into a bowl

Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour mixture

Make a well in the centre of the mixture

Whisk the eggs with the milk

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients

Mix to form a soft dough

Turn out onto a floured board and shape into a round

Roll out to 1-inch thick and cut the dough into scones

Place on a baking sheet

Brush with egg wash and dip into granulated sugar

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown

 

Makes

18-20 Scones

 

Looking for more Ireland inspiration? Check out our 7 Reasons We Love Ireland Blog Post!

Seven Reasons Why We Love Ireland And Not Just on St Patrick’s Day

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