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The Ultimate Mince Pie Recipe from Ballymaloe’s Pastry Pro
JR Ryall, head pastry chef at Ballymaloe House, gives us a masterclass in Christmas baking with his mouthwatering mince pie recipe …   There are many
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Chocolate Cake
Beat the butter with the sugar until pale and light in texture. Beat the eggs. Grate the chocolate and mix with the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add to the
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Lemon Tart
Make the shortcrust pastry and leave it to rest in the refrigerator.   Preheat the oven to 360F/180C/gas 4. Line an 8” tin with pastry and bake it blind
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Elderflower Lemonade
3 lemons 225ml (8fl oz) elderflower syrup (see recipe) 750ml (1 1/4 pints) water ice elderflower heads   Juice the lemons.  Add the syrup
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Chocolate Roulade with Chantilly Cream
This coeliac friendly dessert is very rich but loved by all.   Preheat oven to 180C.   Line the tin with non stick baking paper.   Whisk
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Chocolate or Coffee Éclairs
Éclairs are inexpensive to make, freeze well and can be sweet or savoury filled and iced with a myriad of exciting combinations. Experiment and taste, so
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Chocolate Orange Cake
Weigh the eggs. Take the same weight in butter, sugar and flour. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and light in texture. Wash the oranges and add
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Lemon Meringue Pie
First make the pastry. Sieve the flour with the salt, cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour with the fingertips. Keep everything as cool as
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Almond Tart or Tartlets with Raspberries
Cream the butter well and then just stir in the sugar and ground almonds. (Don’t over beat or the oil will come out of the ground almonds as it cooks.) Put a
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Yoghurt and Cardamom Cream with Sugared Strawberries
Put the milk, sugar and cream into a stainless steel saucepan with the ground cardamom, stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch
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Fresh Strawberry Shortcake
Rub the butter into the flour and castor sugar as for shortcrust pastry. Gather the mixture together and knead lightly. Rest for a few minutes if you have time
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Ballymaloe Brown Yeast Bread
When making Ballymaloe brown yeast bread, remember that yeast is a living organism. In order to grow, it requires warmth, moisture and nourishment. The yeast
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Gillian Hegarty’s Braised Pork Shoulder
This is real Italian comfort food. The saucepan you use for this dish is very important. If it is too big the dish dries out too much and if it is too small it
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Dragoncello Sauce
Dragoncello Sauce is delicious served with roast chicken, lamb chops and Bollito Misto. Tear the bread into small pieces and soak in the vinegar for 20
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Honey Comb
Home-made honeycomb is a real treat. Break into bite size pieces and dip in you favourite dark chocolate for the ultimate treat! Line a large baking tray with
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Ballymaloe Fudge
Line a swiss roll tin 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33cm) with parchment paper. Melt the butter on a low heat in a wide heavy bottomed saucepan. Stir in the evaporated
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French Chocolate Cake
Preheat oven to 160C (350F/gas4). Melt chocolate with 2 tablespoons rum. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in 3 egg yolks. Whisk 3 egg whites
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Rhubarb Tartlets
Preheat oven to 190C. Using plenty of flour roll the cold pastry to a thickness of 2mm. Cut the pastry with a 7.5cm round cutter and use the disks of pastry
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Wild Garlic & Potato Soup
Melt the butter in heavy bottomed saucepan, when it foams, add the potatoes and onions and toss them until well coated. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground
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Ballymaloe Irish Stew
Shred some fat off the Gigot or Rack chops and render it down in the bottom of a heavy casserole pot. Peel onions, carrots and potatoes. Trim off any excess
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Simnel Cake
Simnel cake is a light fruit cake with two layers of almond paste or marzipan, one in the middle and one on top, that is toasted, and traditionally eaten
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Recipe For Chocolate Mousse
Chop the chocolate finely. Bring the cream up to the boil, turn off the heat, add the chocolate to the cream and stir it around until the chocolate melts in
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Jane's Biscuits
If you have a magimix put all the ingredients for the biscuits in together and mix until they form a soft ball. If making these by hand rub the butter into
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The Magic of Marshmallow
I have been obsessed with marshmallow for several years now. Marshmallow can take on many flavours, some more popular than others. One of my favorites is
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Raspberry Fool
Liquidise and then sieve raw fruit. Dissolve sugar in water. boil for 1 minute and leave to cool. It should set to a jelly. Boil again, if it does not. Mix to
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White Soda Bread
Preheat the oven to 250deg C Makes 1 loaf 450g (1lb, 31/2 cups) plain flour 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 300-600ml (
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Carrageen Moss Pudding
Carrageen Moss is a seaweed which can be gathered off the south and west coasts of Ireland. It is rich in iodine and trace elements and is full of natural
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Globe Artichokes with Melted Butter
Have a large saucepan of boiling water ready and add 2 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 teaspoon of salt to every 1.2 litres of water. Pop in the artichokes and bring
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