Shore Excursion Details

GL-Traditional Irish Bread Making

Belfast, Northern Ireland

GL-Traditional Irish Bread Making


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    hrs Estimate Duration

Watch a renowned baker prepare traditional Irish soda bread in her 18th-century home and participate in the fun, if you like.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a spectacularly scenic drive towards Strangford Lough, a large inland sea that is one of the most naturally beautiful areas in County Down. Here, on the banks of the lough, you will stop at an 18th-century thatched-roof farmhouse that is Tracey Jeffery’s home.

Jeffery is a patissier whose passion is making bread. During your visit, Jeffrey and a local baker will show you how to prepare and bake Irish soda bread. You will be welcome to put on an apron and join in or simply watch while enjoying a cup of tea.

Although the Irish didn’t invent soda bread, it has become synonymous with Ireland and Northern Ireland. The oldest reference to a soda bread recipe was published in 1836 in County Down, so it is only natural that you will learn to make soda bread right here.

The ingredients are simple: flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt. The preferred flour is soft wheat, also known as cake flour. Even though there aren’t many ingredients, recipes vary depending on the amount of each ingredient. There are gluten-free varieties and soda breads that are grilled in iron skillets instead of baked.

Soda bread doesn’t last long and families typically bake fresh loaves every few days. Jeffery’s bread won’t last long either, as you will be given delicious samples to taste.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 30 minutes of moderate standing. Guest are advised to wear Flat non-slip shoes and water proof clothing. Seating will be on High stools during the Class. This Tour is not available to wheelchair guests.

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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