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Hi Bold Bakers!
For obvious reasons, Saint Patrick’s Day is near and dear to my heart. Not only do I have fond memories of going to the parade in Ireland but also of the traditional food we would have around this time. Today, I’m excited to share my Best Irish Recipes!
Baking In Ireland
Ireland is known for the amazing produce we have available to us. Although the rain can seem like a curse at times, it is a blessing for animals to graze on such lush green grass. This, in turn, makes the animals very happy, and happy animals mean delicious butter, cheese, and meat.
I consider myself lucky to have grown up in Ireland. I am an eighties baby so luckily when I was young there were no iPads and iPhones to be glued to. With 4 other siblings, we spent our days outside in fields, making huts, horse riding, and so on. They were pretty innocent times that we were fortunate to have.
Being from a large family also meant my mum cooked a lot. She is an amazing cook. My dad wasn’t one for leftovers so my mum would make new dinners every single night. She never did things by halves either. The same care and attention are still put into every meal today as she did back then.
As a young child, I followed my mum around the kitchen watching while she baked. Some of my earliest memories are actually food memories. She always had us help out in the kitchen. We did jobs that little hands were good at like standing at the mixer as egg whites whipped for pavlova, slowly adding in spoonful after spoonful of sugar as instructed. She had us down on the kitchen floor with a rolling pin and digestive biscuits in a bag bashing them until you got crumbs. Food is a big part of my culture and I use the same traditions and techniques I have carried with me to this day.
My Best Irish Recipes
Let’s face it, anything served with butter, jam, and cream is going to be delicious. Enjoy my Best-Ever Scones recipe!
2. Irish Soda Bread (and White Version)
A dessert my Mum used to make when I was a kid, with layers of shortbread, caramel, and delicious milk chocolate. My Millionaire’s Shortbread, also known as Caramel Squares, has been perfected!
Another one of my Mum’s recipes that uses apples better than almost any other dessert! This one is also a fan favorite — make My Mum’s Irish Apple Cake!
Technically you can’t get a Waterford Blaas roll outside of Waterford in Ireland, but my mum’s rolls recipe is as close as you’ll ever get without visiting!
Homemade Oatmeal Bars that will transport you back to your childhood, if you grew up in Ireland.
Serious comfort food, this dessert is perfect for a cold Winter’s night. Try my Traditional Irish Bread & Butter Pudding.
Classically made closer to Halloween, this fruitcake-like recipe is filled with gorgeous flavors that can really be made all year round. Make my Traditional Irish Barmbrack.
9. Banoffee Pie
If you love bananas and caramel, you have to try this Banoffee Pie that I grew up with.
It takes no time at all to make this quick and rustic Irish Brown Bread!
11. Irish Shortbread
A recipe straight from my Bigger Bolder Baking cookbook, which you can buy for over 100+ more desserts!
Another wonderful recipe I’ve made with my Mum for years, my Irish Apple Crumble!
Enjoy my Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding recipe, a rich chocolatey dessert with a touch of Irish for Saint Patrick’s Day or any time of year.
This Recipe Made By Bold Bakers
Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.