Christmas is all about family. As you are our Halo Café family we thought we would let you know about our plans for this year.
We are closing for Christmas on Saturday 23rd December at 5pm.
That means we are not opening on Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December. Because we don’t open on Sundays. So we won’t be open. And we won’t be open on the 25th or the 26th because we don’t open on bank holidays. Can you see a pattern developing here?
We are aware that this may have a deep psychological and emotional effect on some of you. A helpline will be set up to help you talk through any issues you may be experiencing.
Please share with your friends, family and neighbours that may not be online.
Brown Bread for Christmas
We will be baking all day on Saturday 23rd December. If you need our homemade brown bread for your celebration dinner, please let us know. You can collect your bread right up until 6pm.
Once your bread has cooled down, wrap in cling film and enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lightly toasting under the grill accentuates the malty flavour. With real butter and scrambled eggs – perfect.
If smoked salmon is your starter of choice be sure to add a tub of cream cheese to your shopping list. Add a thick layer of cream cheese and slices of smoked salmon. Depending on your preference you can garnish with dill herb or capers.
If soup is your thing you just need bread with lashings of real butter. Job done.
Stephen’s Day or Stephenses Day or Boxing Day or the day after the night before . . . Cold cuts, ballymaloe relish, cheeses, brown bread. If you’re into pâté slap a thick layer on brown bread.
We bake our homemade brown bread fresh everyday and is available to buy or you can order in advance.
The recipe is based on one that was used in Castletown House in Celbridge. Over the first few years of Halo Café we would make a couple of loaves everyday to accompany our homemade soup. We tested and tasted the recipe and made a few changes including adding pumpkin seeds for a bit of extra crunch.
Once people had tasted the bread they started asking if they could buy a loaf to take away. This grew and grew and so we now have a regular group of customers who call in for their daily loaf.
Every Christmas Eve we prepare 10 times the number of loaves. Our customers can enjoy a slice of with their soup of smoked salmon on Christmas Day.
When we provide soup and sandwiches for our catering events the brown bread is always a popular addition. It also appears on our canapé selection.