In the old days, people did not have flour for their bread and so it was hard bread. Rich people used to have bread made from wheat. Flour was sold at seven and sixpence and nine shillings per hundredweight. Sometimes people baked potato cake and used bread soda. Buttermilk was not used to make potato cake. Some people made bread every day – a cross was put on the top to prevent the crust from rising off the top of the cake. Some of the older people remember using querns and grind stones.
Cappataggle, Co. Galway
Collector: Ethel Mullarkey, Donaree, Cappataggle
Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie