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Tourism Ireland shares three easy recipes to bring a taste of Ireland to your home

Dubai, UAE, June 2020 – As the world eagerly awaits the experience of gastronomic travel again, Tourism Ireland shares recipes that will take your palate on an exciting food journey, from the comfort of your own home.

From afternoon treats and heart-warming appetizers to decadent desserts, #FillYourHeartWithIreland with these impressively easy recipes guaranteed to bring the flavours and aromas of Ireland’s countryside into every household.

Classic Irish Scones

Ingredients

Plain Flour – 3 ¼ cups

Baking Powder – 3 tsp

Caster/Fine Sugar – ½ cup

Butter – 7/8 cup

Buttermilk – ½ cup

Egg – 1

Method

  • In a large bowl, pour in all dry ingredients. Remove lumps from sugar to achieve a fine mixture.
  • Add in butter to the dry ingredients and mix to create a crumbly texture.
  • Next, add in buttermilk and combine to form the dough.
  • Place flour on to the counter and press the dough into the flour using hands or roller to cover the dough’s outer surface.
  • Use a cutter and cut through the dough to shape your scones. Place scones onto a baking tray dusted with flour.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg and brush egg wash onto the scones.
  • Bake at 160°C/320°F for 15 minutes.
  • Top off with icing sugar and serve hot.

Irish Country House Garden Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

Fresh Spinach Leaves, chopped – 1 cup

Vegetable Stock, warmed – 3 1/3 cups

Olive Oil – 1 tbsp

Butter – ¼ cup

Potatoes, finely diced – 3 pieces

Spring Onions, chopped – 4 pieces

Garlic, crushed – 2 cloves

Baby Carrots, finely diced – 4 pieces

Cream – ½ cup

Salt and pepper

Method

  • Heat up olive oil in a pot on medium to high heat.
  • Put potatoes and spring onions into the pot and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  • Roughly chop carrots and place into the pot, followed by the fresh spinach, and stir well. Add salt as you go.
  • Add heated vegetable stock and bring up to a boil.
  • Pour the vegetable soup into a blender, blend and pour back into the pot.
  • Add in cream and mix.
  • Before serving, put butter into the soup and stir until fully dissolved for a rich and creamy consistency.
  • Pour into a serving bowl and serve as a hearty appetizer with fresh bread.

Banana Bread

Ingredients

Sugar – 1 cup

Butter – ½ cup

Egg – 2

Plain Flour – 2 cups

Baking Soda – 1 level tsp

Banana, large – 2 pieces

Buttermilk – 2 to 3 tbsp

Flaked Almonds – ¼ cup

Method

  • Mix sugar and butter in large bowl (with a mixer or manually).
  • Beat eggs and mix into the bowl of sugar and butter. Then add in flour and baking soda. Mix well.
  • Slowly incorporate bananas and butter milk into the mixture.
  • Line a non-stick baking tin with baking paper and pour the mixture into the tin.
  • Garnish with flaked almonds or any garnish of choice.
  • Bake at 170°C/350°F for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Serve with tea or as a dessert with ice cream.
  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2019, we welcomed almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €5.8 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 23+ million visitors in 2019.
  • Since January 2018, Ireland is now visa-free for UAE Nationals, meaning easier travel and easier access to the island of Ireland

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