The Irish in America

DAY 12: Toast

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My sister, Regan, and I love toast in Ireland. In bed&breakfasts, hotels, and at Helen’s house, great quantities of lightly toasted white bread is served in stacks, baskets, and toast racks. But what’s so special about Irish toast? It’s all about the bread. Basic Irish white bread is a cross between old-fashioned bakery bread and Wonder Bread in the United States. Denser than Wonder, but super soft and downy white.


In Ireland, toast is usually served dry and not hot. It is up to the individual to dress it or leave it plain. I typically reach for the orange marmalade, while Regan prefers preserves.

Toast rack!  - Picture of The Harbour Inn B&B and Grill, LarneThis photo of The Harbour Inn B&B and Grill is courtesy of TripAdvisor

When left to our own devices at a self-catering, Regan and I tend to make our toast American-style, or at least how we learned to eat toast: two slices, toasted until golden, buttered while hot, and stacked on a small plate…just like in the picture from our visit in 2011.


Love Irish toast!


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

One thought on “DAY 12: Toast

  1. Oh, buttered toast! There is no better comfort food. Reminds me of Mr. Toad in “The Wind and the Willows.” (not Irish. sorry). While he’s in jail, they serve him buttered toast. : ))

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