The People & PlacesAugust 20, 2018
The History & CultureAugust 20, 2018
Kerry has an abundance of fine places to enjoy a meal or drink out whatever the occasion. Our hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs regularly win national awards for their cuisine. We are also home to some of the best local and artisan food producers in Ireland. Kerry is fast becoming a food destination with our chefs being recognized nationally as leaders in their field. Kerry Food lovers have a great selection to choose from per the Kerry Food Guide.
Kerry has a huge variety of butchers, bakeries, delicatessens, supermarkets and shops offering all types of cooked food for you to enjoy and ingredients to make your own at home. Most towns in Kerry also are home to speciality shops ranging from fruit and vegetables to health shops. Getting that special ingredient to complete a recipe has never been easier.
One of the most Irish of dishes is our wild Atlantic smoked salmon on brown soda bread.
Irish smoked salmon is famous throughout the world, in countries as far away as Cameroon, Russia, Korea, China and Hong Kong. At times demand exceeds supply and pricing for Irish smoked salmon is at a premium globally.
And so many of our visitors purchase wild Atlantic Irish smoked salmon to bring home. Below is one of our most popular recipes to accompany any dish, namely our traditional brown soda bread…healthy and easy to make!
Around the County of Kerry good food is to be had in the many restaurants and pubs, along with “craic, caint, ceol agus ruaille buaille”…fun, chat, music and general mischief! Drop in and see for yourself…
Traditional Brown Soda Bread Recipe
- 250g wholemeal flour
- 200g plain white flour
- 1 teaspoon bread soda, sieved
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 350ml buttermilk, approx.
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds or pinhead porridge oats
- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F).
- Mix the flour, bread soda and salt together in a bowl.
- Combine the egg with the buttermilk and honey then mix into the flour.
- Add a little more buttermilk if the mixture is dry – it should be a soft dough.
- Then pour the lot into a lightly oiled loaf tin.
- Sprinkle the sesame seeds or porridge oats over the top of the loaf if using.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes.
- To know when it is cooked simply tap the bottom of the loaf – it will sound hollow when it is fully cooked.
- Remove from the tin and wrap in a clean tea towel while cooling. This will keep the crust soft.