A homemade recipe from the team at Lough Eske Castle. This flavoursome Dillisk Brown bread recipe, has all the qualities of comforting Irish food at it’s best. Dillisk, treacle, honey, buttermilk and Guiness, as part of the ingredients, you know for sure that tradition, meets artisan craft in one perfect recipe to be shared with loved ones.
– 500g strong wholemeal flour
– 350g of strong flour
– 90g of wheat brans
– 8g of salt
– 1 tsp dried dillisk
– 175g of treacle
– 25g of Honey
– 600ml of buttermilk
– 60g of butter
– 40g of fresh yeast
– 1 egg
– 200ml of Guinness
– 100g walnuts
1. Place the dried ingredients in one bowl.
2. Warm up the treacle, butter and golden syrup.
3. Add a small amount of buttermilk until combined then add
in the rest of the buttermilk along with the yeast and the egg.
4. Leave the yeast mixture to activate in a warm place.
5. Pour the liquid into the flour and start mixing
6. Add the Guinness only near the end
7. Pour the mix in greased mould half way and leave it to rise
until it reaches near the top.
8. Place it in the oven at 160 degrees Celsius until cooked
(approximately 45 minutes).
Head Chef at Lough Eske Castle, is Armagh born Richard McKee. Earning his stripes training as a chef in college in Newry, spending many years honing the craft in several five star hotels across Ireland as well as internationally. His food ethos is “minimal wastage, clever utilisation of seasonal produce, as well as health being considered when creating a dish.” He has been decorated with several Rosettes over the years, and his specialty is pastry, crediting his mother for introducing him to the art of wedding cake making when he was a child. He works alongside his younger brother Andrew McKee, who assumes the role of Sous Chef at the kitchen in Lough Eske Castle.
Nestled amid all this majestic scenery, the 5 star Lough Eske Castle is a place of true Donegal welcome with every aspect of the hotel knitted into the fabric of the people and the area. It is the perfect location for Donegal getaways and Donegal vacations. This castle hotel in Ireland has been meticulously restored to recreate the glamour, style and elegance it had once known combined with all the modern amenities expected of a 5 star Donegal luxury hotel. Lough Eske Castle is located just outside Donegal Town, nestled within 43- acres of forest woodland hugging the shores of Lough Eske. Boasting 97 spacious guestrooms, Cara Organic Beauty Spa and swimming pool, Cedars Restaurant and two bars, Lough Eske Castle is redefining the meaning of luxury in the North-West of Ireland.
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