Bread & Butter – Cakes and Bakes from Granny’s Stove by Ciara McLaughlin
The recipes reflect an Irish food heritage, with basic local ingredients and fresh produce.
The recipes are split into the four seasons.
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Bread & Butter is a nostalgic tribute to the simplicities of home-baking. The recipes reflect an Irish food heritage, with basic local ingredients and fresh produce. Celebrating the skill to make a lot from a little, the story of our ancestors is told through the food they created to nourish their families and the many visitors associated with life on the farm, conjuring a romantic insight into a loving home, with the stove at its heartbeat.
The recipes are split into the four seasons, as this seasonal rhythm dictated the produce available for the kitchen. A seemingly harsh country lifestyle is illustrated through romantic aromas of hearty bread and mouthfuls of sweet, sticky cakes.
Ciara McLaughlin is an award-winning designer, cake artist and professional baker living at the foothills of the beautiful Antrim Glens with her parents, siblings and border collie. It was here she grew up surrounded by traditional Irish baking and fell in love with those special moments spent in the kitchen.
A baker by day and creative at heart, she is devoted to passing on an appreciation for homemade food and its place in Irish culture. From her countryside cottage, she runs her successful bespoke bakery, Swallow Barn, uniting her passions for art and food through hand-painted treats.