In a year where the people of Ireland baked more than ever before and online searches for ‘bread recipes’ were at an all-time high, Aisling O’Toole proved that her brown bread was the one to rule them all, beating out 290 other hopefuls.
Earlier this month, at the Howth Castle Cookery School, Aisling, from Co Kildare, was delighted to be crowned the winner of Aldi’s National Brown Bread Baking Competition. It must have been all the sweeter as she was a finalist in the 2020 competition but was pipped at the post.
Not only that but she will receive a prize of €15,000, with her winning brown bread which will go on sale in Aldi stores for the next year.
To take part in The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, held in association with the National Ploughing Association and The Irish Country Women’s Association, hopefuls from all over Ireland were asked to drop their freshly made loaves of brown bread at Aldi stores.
Those who make it to the final go on to have their bread judged by a panel of experts included.
Speaking about her award at the final at Howth Castle Cookery School, Aisling, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as the winner of this year’s National Brown Bread Baking Competition!’
‘I’ve always been proud of my brown bread recipe and baked more than ever over lockdown, and to now be able to share my creation with the people of Ireland and have my bread on shelves in Aldi stores is something I would never have thought to be possible.
‘I’m so excited for the day that I can witness my loaves going on shelves nationwide.’
The other finalists who made it to Howth Castle alongside Aisling were Martin Malone, Co Dublin, Louise Taylor, Killygordan, Co Donegal, and Siobhan Hassett, Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
Aisling’s winning loaf of brown bread will be available in Aldi stores nationwide from November/December 2021. For more information on The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, visit www.aldi.ie.