Roscommon woman Margaret makes ‘best brown bread in Ireland’

In September, in the Aldi marquee at the National Ploughing Championships, Margaret Sexton, a community nurse and mother of two from Roscommon, won the National Brown Bread Baking competition, which was run in association with the NPA, ICA and Aldi.

  Margaret’s winning brown bread, ‘Margaret’s Loaf’, hit the shelves of all 122 Aldi stores just in time for Christmas, priced at €1.49.

  Margaret’s brown bread is being made by Stapleton’s Bakery in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary with ingredients that include honey, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

  Margaret said, “In the run-up to the competition I must have baked over 100 loaves of bread. I was feeding my entire neighbourhood! I think the brown bread is a celebrated symbol of Irish cuisine.

  “How I serve my bread is dictated by the occasion. It complements a warm bowl of soup, works as a lovely starter with smoked salmon or just topped with butter, jam and enjoyed with a cuppa!”

  Being a community nurse, Margaret said that her brown bread recipe was influenced by health considerations.

  “I think my bread marries tradition with modern influences, it brings elements of the traditional brown bread but delivers on the demands of the modern day dietary requirements”.