Bonnag World Championships hopefuls vie for title

Manx bonnag The traditional Manx bonnag will be celebrated at the world championships

More than 30 bakers will compete in the World Bonnag Championships in the Isle of Man, on Friday.

Bonnag, a traditional sweet bread, is thought to have been a Manx staple for hundreds of years.

Entries are invited in categories for men, women and children and judging will take place from 19:30 GMT.

"This is not an easy recipe to get right- it has to be the right texture with a sour taste," judge, John Kennaugh said.

BONNAG INGREDIENTS

  • 300g Manx Soda Bread flour from the Laxey Mills
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 handfuls of sultanas
  • 55g of margarine or butter
  • Buttermilk

"I grew up with the real thing and I can tell you it is very difficult to keep this tradition alive because you just can't find the right ingredients anymore.

"You can't find real buttermilk anymore - in my day the butter was churned from cream which was gathered over a week, then it was placed in a crock and it would be another week before it was ready for use.

"Drinking real buttermilk is quite an experience - think about the tang of matured cheddar cheese and then times that by ten. You never had tonsillitis with real buttermilk."

The championships will be held at the St James schoolrooms in Dalby, with trophies for all classes.

All entrants are asked to bring their Bonnag on a paper plate.

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Isle of Man

Weather

Douglas

Min. Night 11 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on BBC News

  • bikeWheels of change

    Ten new bikes that are reinventing the humble two-wheeler for the 21st Century

Programmes

  • A bird of prey in a Tokyo animal cafeThe Travel Show Watch

    From cats to rabbits and birds of prey – Tokyo’s flourishing animal cafe scene

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.