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Tips on storing Irish bread and scones

Irish sweet scones

A few people who stopped by Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market  http://montrosegreen.com/irish_christmas_market last weekend asked whether the Irish brown and white bread is frozen. Although the customers may have been frozen, the bread was not.  However, it freezes very well if you want to buy a loaf or two or a few scones to eat over Christmas.  The bread and scones are all freshly baked.  The brown bread is made with organic stoneground whole wheat flour and the scones are made with organic eggs.  The scone packets include a plain sweet scone, a golden raisin (sultana) scone and an orange and cranberry scone.

Here are tips on storing Irish bread and scones:

The bread is wrapped in plastic because it is being sold at an outdoor market.I recommend removing the plastic when you get home and storing the bread in a paper bag. The scones will be alright in the cellophane storage bags. If you want to save the bread or scones to eat later, freeze them in freezer storage bags.  Before eating, let them defrost at room temperature.  To refresh the scones, place them in a  350 degree oven for ten minutes.

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New Irish Christmas Market in Chicago

A new Irish Christmas market debuts this weekend in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago — which also happens to be my neighborhood.  The man behind the concept is former banker Eamon Byrne who relocated to Chicago last summer from the lovely and historic city of Kilkenny to join his fiance Bridget.

The market will feature Irish gifts, food and music.   My Irish brown bread made with organic, stoneground whole wheat flour (pictured on the front page of this blog) as well as soda bread, scones and Irish apple cake will be available at the bakery stall.  Quantities are limited, so get there early.  Other vendors are Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Bistro, Begyle Brewing and Himmel’s European Bistro.

The market will be open 11 a,m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through December 22 at Montrose Green, 1819 W. Montrose Avenue, next to the Montrose stop on the Brown Line.

For more information, go to montrosegreen.com or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/IrishChristmasMarket.