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09Dec

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 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.
19Jun

Elderflower Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 3 lemons
  • 225ml (8fl oz) elderflower syrup (see recipe)
  • 750ml (1 1/4 pints) water
  • ice
  • elderflower heads
Juice the lemons.  Add the syrup and water.  Mix and taste.  Add ice and elderflowers to garnish.

Elderflower Syrup

Makes 400ml (14fl oz)
  • 225g (8oz) sugar
  • 300ml (10fl oz) water
  • 20 elderflower heads
27May

Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

Shortbread

  • 6 ozs (175g/1 1/4 cups) flour
  • 4 ozs (110g/1 stick) butter
  • 2 ozs (50g/1/4 cup) castor sugar
  • 1/2 lb (225g) strawberries
  • 8 fl ozs (250ml/1 cup) Chantilly cream - whipped sweetened cream
  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Garnish

6 - 8 whole strawberries and fresh mint leaves

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.

11Mar

Simnel Cake

Ingredients:

  • 8 ozs (225g/2 sticks) butter
  • 8 ozs (225g/1 cup) pale, soft brown sugar
  • 6 eggs, preferably free range
  • 10 ozs (275g/2 1/2 cups) white flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 1/2 fl ozs (35ml/generous 1/4 cup) Irish whiskey
  • 12 ozs (350g/2 generous cups) best quality sultanas
  • 12 ozs (350g/2 generous cups) best quality currants
  • 12 ozs (350g/2 generous cups) best quality raisins
  • 4 ozs (110g/1/2 cup) cherries
  • 4 ozs (110g/1/2 cup) home made candied peel
15Sep

Apple Muesli

Apples may be replaced with seasonal fruits such as loganberries, raspberries and strawberries depending on the time of year and what is available in our walled garden. 

45g (1 1/2 oz, 1/2 cup) oatmeal

120ml (4fl oz, 1/2 cup) water

2 Apples, grated

2 Teaspoons of honey

Squeeze of lemon

Dark brown sugar

Single cream

11Apr

Ballymaloe Cheese Fondue

The perfect romantic meal a deux, alternatively, a fondue party is so retro and terrific fun.  

Choose your seat carefully because if you drop the bread into the fondue you must kiss the person on our right – this could be your big chance!  

Myrtle Allen devised this Cheese Fondue recipe made from Irish Cheddar cheese. 

Even though it's a meal in itself it can be made in minutes and is loved by adults and children alike. A fondue set is obviously an advantage but not totally essential.

28Feb

Crêpes with Orange Butter

Serves 6 - makes 12 approximately

Pancake Batter

175g (6oz) white flour, preferably unbleached
a good pinch of salt
1 dessertspoon castor sugar
2 large eggs and 1 or 2 egg yolks, preferably free range
scant 450ml (15fl oz) milk, or for very crisp, light delicate pancakes, milk and water mixed
3-4 dessertspoons melted butter

15Dec

Mrs Hanrahan’s Sauce

Mrs Hanrahan, was Darina Allen’s sister-in-law Una's mother, and although she has long since passed to her eternal reward, but we will be eternally grateful to her for sharing this recipe with Darina and which the Allen family relish even more than brandy butter with plum pudding and mince pies.  

Mrs Hanrahan’s Sauce

This recipe is so delicious that people ask to have more Plum Pudding just so that they can have an excuse to eat lots of sauce.  

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