JR Ryall, head pastry chef at Ballymaloe House, gives us a masterclass in Christmas baking with his mouthwatering mince pie recipe …
There are many Christmas traditions that mark the start of the festive season. At Ballymaloe House the unmistakable scent of citrus peel slowly candying in late October marks it for me. This might seem unimaginably early to get into the mood for Christmas carols and roasting chestnuts on an open fire, but with the task of Christmas baking ahead it is the perfect opportunity to ease into the spirit of things.
We are delighted to be welcoming Manuel Lozano of the famous Sherry producer, Bodegas Lustau for a Sherry dinner at Ballymaloe House, on Wednesday 18th November, 7.30pm €75 including dinner paired with Lustau Sherry with each course.
Our in-house florist at Ballymaloe House uses predominantly wild and garden flowers. Iona will demonstrate her style of flower arranging creating seasonal displays. This one-day course will offer budding and experienced gardeners alike an opportunity to explore the gardens and woodlands (weather permitting) at Ballymaloe House.
Coffee on arrival at 10am
Course Over approx. 5pm
During this course you will be visiting the gardens - wet weather gear may be required.