Updated: 20/11/17 : 06:18:17Printable Version
Mary Conway from Aclare, Co, Sligo, who was the winner of The National Brown Bread Baking Competition
sponsored by Aldi, held at the National Ploughing Championships in September, in association with the Irish Countrywomen’s Association has now seen her creation on the shelves of the popular store.
As part of her prize, ‘Mary’s Soda Bread’ went on sale in Aldi stores nationwide on Saturday priced at €1.59.
‘Mary’s Soda Bread’
is being baked daily by one of Aldi’s long-term bakery suppliers, Stapleton’s of Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
Mary, a Mayo native, who is daughter of Kathleen and the late Eugene
Brennan, of Monard, Mayo Abbey, resides with her husband Gerry in
Aclare, Co Sligo.
Mary said on winning the competition, “I was lucky to be among the eight chosen to go forward to
Tullamore. We had semi-final bake-offs on Tuesday and Wednesday and I
made it to the last four for the final on the Thursday. All four of us
were delighted as the competition had an original entry of 321
participants.” See link below.
Mary with shoppers in Aldi on Saturday. Photo: James Connolly
The bread was lauded by the judges for the “traditional appearance and perfect texture”. Mary added, “I got it from my mother years ago and I tweaked it here and there along
the way. I have always loved baking and it is something that comes
totally naturally to me. When I feel like baking, I just go and do it.”
Mary will receive a percentage of the profits from the sale of the bread this year, minimum €10,000. For more information see www.aldi.ie
Link: Sligo Today 4/10/2017