Authentic Irish Recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day

Authentic Irish Recipe for Saint Patrick's Day

Mercy Jets celebrate’s it’s Irish heritage with Michelle Doyle’s authentic Irish recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day. Doyle’s Irish Brown Bread offers link to Irish history and lore

 Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day is a tradition shared the world over. It recognizes the work of Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the latter years of the fifth century, and the rich roots of Irish culture and custom.

Now celebrated around the world, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone is Irish, and, being Irish, we at Mercy Jets would like to share our family’s ancestral recipe for Irish Brown Bread with you.

This bread recipe has been passed down from mother to daughter in the Doyle family for many hundreds of years. My mother taught it to me and her mother taught it to her. Now, I’d like to share it with you. It can be cooked on a fire, as it was done for centuries, or in a stove. It’s treasured for its wholesome nutrition, and as a link to Irish lore and custom.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

 Authentic Irish Brown Bread

  • 4 cups whole meal flour 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup porridge(oat meal) 1/4 cup bran or wheat germ 1 pint buttermilk
  • 4 teaspoon baking soda 2 level salt tsp
  • Egg (optional)

Yield: Two loaves

You’ll Need

  1. A baking tray, lightly floured A large bowl
  2. A large spoon

1. Preheat the oven to 300 to 325 degrees.

Step 1 - Add ingredients in a large bowl and combine. Mercy Jets Recipe for Authentic Irish Brown Bread with Michelle Doyle

Step 1 – Add ingredients in a large bowl and combine. Mercy Jets Recipe for Authentic Irish Brown Bread with Michelle Doyle

2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, porridge, bran or wheat germ, baking soda, salt and egg. Make a well in the center of the mix, add the buttermilk and stir with a spoon or by hand. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.

Step 2 - Knead dough by hand.

Step 2 – Knead dough by hand.

3. Knead the dough by hand. The secret to a fluffy break is to handle it as little as possible. Once the dough is smooth, put it on a greased baking sheet.

Place dough on a flour-covered surface.

Place dough on a flour-covered surface.

4. Cut the dough into equal halves and mold the dough into loaves.

Cut dough into equal parts and form into loaves.

Cut dough into equal parts and form into loaves.

Honor the Seasons - An Irish Custom

5. After the dough has been transferred to a baking sheet, you must make a quadrant across the bread with a knife to symbolize the four seasons, winter, summer, spring and fall, recognizing the power of the seasons in our lives.

Slicing the bread like this allows for the heat to penetrate the thickest part of the dough and makes it easier to divide when it’s ready to be served.

Let the Fairies Out - A Piece of Irish Lore

6. Now this part’s essential. Each time you make a loaf of Irish bread, you must take a knife and poke several holes in each season. This lets the fairies out. If you neglect to let the fairies out of your Irish bread, they can get rather upset and may play tricks on you.

Quadrant the dough to represent the seasons and "let the fairies out".

Quadrant the dough to represent the seasons and “let the fairies out”.

7. Bake your Irish bread for one hour. Remove your bread from the oven and allow the bread cool a bit. This bread is delicious warm out of the oven or after it has cooled.

Authentic Irish Brown Bread fresh from the oven.

Authentic Irish Brown Bread fresh from the oven.

Now serve your authentic Irish Brown Bread with your choice of sweet butter, jam or honey and strong Irish tea!

Irish Brown Bread is best served with sweet butter, jam or honey and strong, Irish tea!

Irish Brown Bread is best served with sweet butter, jam or honey and strong, Irish tea!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone,

Michelle Doyle and John Bohn of Mercy Jets

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