Aisling wins €15,000 and the chance to have her bread on sale in Aldi stores for 12 months!

by Gazette Reporter

 Aisling O’Toole announced as 2021 winner of National Brown Bread Baking Competition, sponsored by Aldi In association with the National Ploughing Association and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association

In a year where online searches for ‘bread recipes’ were at an all-time high, Aisling O’Toole, from Monasterevin is delighted to have been announced as this year’s winner of The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, sponsored by Aldi and in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA).

The announcement was made at the final of The National Brown Bread Baking Competition which took place at Howth Castle Cookery School on Friday 10th September. Aisling will receive a prize of €15,000, with her winning brown bread going on sale in Aldi stores for the next year.

Due to government guidelines and the cancellation of the trade exhibition of the National Ploughing Championships for a second year, the team at Aldi, NPA and ICA ploughed on and decided to run The National Brown Bread Baking Competition a little differently, once again opening entries to bakers all over Ireland, with hopeful bakers asked to drop their freshly made loaves of brown bread to Aldi stores. The competition is now in its 8th year and has gone from strength to strength as more and more talented bakers from around the country get involved.

The Finalists

Others who made it through to the final of The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2021 to have their breads judged by a panel of experts included:

  • Martin Malone, Co. Dublin 
  • Louis Taylor, Co. Donegal
  • Siobhan Hassett, Co. Limerick

Speaking about her award at the final at Howth Castle Cookery School, Aisling O’Toole said; I’m so happy to have won with a recipe that originated in my daughter Catherine’s Autism Spectrum Disorder class of Scoil Phadraig Naofa in Athy many years ago. Myself and my son Michael tweaked and perfected the recipe during his Transition Year when he made and sold the bread locally to raise funds for a charity in his school in Newbridge. My husband Ciaran supported us all the way. My passion for brown bread came from my mam who baked every weekend with my sister Triona. Mam and dad who are still in Tipperary are over the moon and so excited to see my bread on the Aldi shelves nationwide.”

Aisling’s winning loaf of brown bread will be available in Aldi stores nationwide later this year.

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