Statia through to brown bread final

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

National Bread Baking finalist Statia Ivers (centre) with Liz Wall, Chair of Wicklow Federation ICA and Anna May McHugh of the Irish Ploughing Assoc.

BALLYCOOG woman Statia Ivers has made it to the final eight of the National Brown Bread Baking Competition.

The keen bread maker who has been baking at her home for almost 50 years recently entered the contest which is sponsored by Aldi and attended ICA headquarters in An Grianán, Co. Louth, where the finalists were revealed.

Each of the finalists will take part in live bread making demonstrations at the National Ploughing Championships on September 23 and 24, with one person picked on each day to go to a head-to-head final on September 25.

Statia's own secret recipe, one which she has been using for some time, was enought to gain her a place in the finals. At home, she also enjoys baking all sorts of sweet and savoury treats which she showcases every Saturday morning at Aughrim Country Market.

Gearing up fo the finals, Statia says she is very much looking forward to the national event.

'I was a bit shaky going up to hear if I made it through but I am really looking forward to it now. We all had to bake our bread and they tasted all 27 entries. There was one from each of the 26 counties and Tipperary had one North and one South bringing it up to 27 in total. It's great to have gotten this far so I will keep going and, please God, it will go well,' said Statia.

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