Food is my true passion. I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef and the host of Bigger Bolder Baking, so that means great food is part of my everyday life. You’ve seen me Boldly Bake over-the-top recipes. Now travel with me on my Culinary Adventures around the world. In the first episode of Gemma Eats… I’m in my hometown of Wexford, Ireland… Eating GIANT traditional Scones… the best local seafood … and a legendary frozen treat…all right now on Gemma Eats… Welcome to the sunny southeast part of Ireland.
We are in County Wexford. This is actually where I’m from. I brought you down to Rosslare where I wanted to show you a little bit of what it has to offer. It is a seaside town and people come from all over Ireland to go on their vacation here during the summer time. It’s really pretty. It has some great food. And I’m going to head into Kelly’s Deli right now and get a cup of coffee and one of their delicious scones. So come on! Before we go into Kelly's, you should know more about the Kelly Family. The Kelly’s Hotels were founded in Wexford in 1895. Kelly's Resort is just down the street from Kelly's Deli. Families from all over Ireland spend their summers here year after year. Being from Wexford, my family celebrated many special occasions including my Holy Communion when I was 7 years old. On this latest trip, My dad, husband and I had an incredible meal in their bistro but I'll save for that for another time.
The Kelly's family have been taking care of people for years so they really know what they're doing. Everything they serve is baked nearby. You'll find fresh loaves of Irish Soda Bread, breakfast danish, flakey croissants and other goodies made from scratch. But their scones are the reason why I'm here. Not only are they as big as your hand but they're a dark golden brown which is the way I like them. So in Ireland you can’t have a cup of tea or coffee without having a homemade scone. Now this is a raisin scone and they serve it here traditionally with some jam, cream and some butter. And you would have all three on there. And it’s absolutely delicious with a cup of coffee.
So I know it seems a bit extreme to be putting jam, and cream and butter on a scone but when you have them all together you’re going to know exactly why. It’s so great. I will admit it seems more like a dessert than it does like something you would have for breakfast. Have a little bit of my coffee. Mmm. They make really good coffee here. A bit of my scone. I don’t know…in America if I would be eating this for my breakfast but there’s something about being home. In Ireland. Having a cup of coffee. You have to have a scone. Oh, so yummy. So scones are kind of little crispy cakes.