Soups and Breads of Ireland

From its famous music and breathtaking landscapes to its intense rugby competitions and historic castles, Ireland is a beautiful country that needs to be experienced. What also needs to be experienced while you’re there are the breads and soups that are a rich part of its heritage.

If, however, Ireland isn’t on your upcoming list of trips, you can recreate some of these tasty dishes right in your own kitchen. Often soups and breads are served together because dunking nice warm bread into nice warm soup is just delectable.

Potato leek soup is a traditional Irish comfort food that is often served with another Irish tradition, buttered brown soda bread. Soda bread is bread made with baking soda and not yeast as well as buttermilk. A variety of soda bread can be created by adding butter, raisins or nuts.

While American dishes are typically made with chicken, beef or vegetable broth, the Irish commonly use mutton broth, which is made from the neck of lamb. Oxtail Soup is another popular soup that’s made with beef tails. Of course, Irish soups are often made with cabbage.

Teaming up such tasty soups with Irish Freckle Bread is a win-win. Freckle bread is actually made with mashed potato, potato water and eggs. If you like bread made with potatoes, potato bread is made with potato flour or potato replacing part of the wheat flower.  

When you finally take that that trip to Dublin, make sure you visit such restaurants as The Bank of College Green which serves homemade seafood chowder. The Quays Irish Restaurant, which is in the middle of Dublin’s Temple Bar serves soups and breads also serves soups and breads.

If you’re interested in taking your love of bread and soup to a higher level, consider signing up for a traditional Irish bread making tour. You can also sign up for a tour with the Clodagh’s Irish Food Trails on PBS and broadcaster Clodagh McKenna. You can follow in the Trails footsteps and visit these places for yourself, while you taste the food and work yourself around the area bite by bite.

For more information on a culinary tour of Ireland, contact your travel agent. There are also many Irish food recipe books on  

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