Updated: 20/11/17 : 06:18:17
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Mary's award winning brown bread now in Aldi

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