Discovering the Authentic Ireland

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Bake from Scratch is partnering with Tourism Ireland and Williams Sonoma to bring you a taste of Authentic Ireland. Follow along as we uncover and celebrate the incredible things that make the island’s food distinctly Irish. Together we’ll explore Ireland’s storied culinary history and vibrant food scene. For our July/August issue, we’ll be bringing you an Authentic Ireland issue of Bake from Scratch filled with recipes and a firsthand look at the time we spent baking our way through Ireland. The best part? You can enter to win a trip to Ireland for you and a guest in a national sweepstakes!

Photography by Joann Pai


Enter to win a customized vacation for two to Ireland! This incredible prize includes two roundtrip standard economy airline tickets from the winner’s nearest Ireland gateway, six nights of superior accommodation with a one-night authentic Irish castle stay, seven days of automatic car rental, entrance to Guinness Storehouse and Cliffs of Moher, and breakfast each morning (except on the day of arrival).

Photography by Joann Pai


In the spirit of summertime adventure, our Authentic Ireland July/August issue (available in early June) will be a celebration of all things Irish baking. We’ll include a day-by-day travelogue of our food-focused production trip, from a bakery tour of Dublin to the country’s best cooking schools and castles worth a visit on your next trip. Get an exclusive, intimate look inside home kitchens of some of Ireland’s most renowned bakers and meet the makers behind the country’s most iconic baking ingredients and goods. This issue will be brimming with vivid stories and incredible recipes that showcase the best of Irish baking, from soda bread and scones to brown bread and Guinness stout cake and everything in between.


Five incredible food personalities joined us on our production trip to Ireland and are helping us share Ireland’s culinary story with amazing recipes in our upcoming Authentic Ireland issue of Bake from Scratch magazine.

Beverly Hills,

Kylie Mazon-Chambers of

Tomato Irish Soda Bread Dinner Rolls
with Fried Shallot Butter


Kayla Howie of

Irish Coffee Soda Bread Pudding

King of Prussia,

Allie Roomberg of

Authentic Irish Apple Tarts



Hello. My new address is ashfordcastle. 🏰👑🐕 Please direct all correspondence there. An absolutely beautiful bedroom built in 1715. I loved all the details from the wallpaper to the carvings on the frames and drawers. Felt like a queen. Lots more in my IG story. Also, go Niners! I’ll be asleep. #authenticireland #loveireland
My first time trying Victoria Sponge Cake. 🍰 This one is from thepepperpotcafe (such a cute name) in Dublin. The sponge is denser than I expected but ate well with the thick whipped cream filling. It was so rich and flavorful I for sure thought there was something added to it but they said it’s straight cream. The Irish dairy is JUST THAT GOOD. 😭🥛🍶 It was heavenly. Layered with homemade raspberry jam. Perfect teatime treat.
I ate so many scones in Ireland. 😋 Sharing darina_allen’s recipe plus tips we learned from our baking class at ballymaloecookeryschool, on the williamssonoma blog. This is a nice base recipe to tweak sweet or savory. As far as eating them, again it’s a base to add the yummy stuff like butter, clotted cream and jam. I’m now a fan of Irish Whiskey Marmalade. 🍊🥃 #AuthenticIreland

St Patrick’s Day baking while reminiscing about our fabulous trip to Ireland led me to zoebakes absolutely amazing Guinness Chocolate Cake with White Knight Frosting! The decadence is even more epic because Irish Whiskey from powerscourtdistilleryltd dances so beautifully in the chocolate frosting and whipped cream layers of this homage to the green isle of Ireland! We sipped White Knight cocktails at castlemartyrresort that inspired Zoë’s creation, and she nailed it. 
Travel is such a huge part of my life, so baking and dreaming of future trips will see me through this time of being grounded. Be safe, stay healthy, and happy St Patrick’s Day! Recipe link in profile.
my favorite irish tradition: eating scones & sipping tea. we baked with the lovely darina_allen at ballymaloecookeryschool in ireland and made the most delicious scones with irish cream & homemade jam. such an amazing experience💛 #authenticireland #loveireland #sponsored
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  1. While I would be hard pressed to call any of your BFS issues a favorite, surely this month’s Irish issue is a top contender. The recipes you chose to include are wonderful-every one, the plethora of brilliantly researched information, tips, references, historical information, and absolute beautiful and extensive photography are beyond stellar. Among the very talented bakers you selected to showcase, I am particularly pleased to see one of my personal favorites, Gemma Stafford, included in this volume. I have her book (almost signed but for Covid and a cancelled Pie Fair), follow her BBB site and delight in her Irish-to-the-core presentations. Clearly, who can navigate through these beautiful pages and not at last plan a trip to Ireland as soon as the world returns to “normal”? You have opened a lot of doors with this issue. Kudos to this wonderful project and to an outstanding editor and staff.

  2. This was the BEST issue I’ve ever read – my friend and I had to cancel our Ireland vacation this year due to Covid-19. Having this issue to flip through was the second best thing! Wonderful.


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