Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight Ingredients flavourless oil for the tray 500g granulated sugar ½ tsp cream of tartar 120g cornflour, plus extra for dusting ½ tsp rosewater (or 2 tbsp rose syrup) pink food colouring, if not using the rose syrup icing sugar, for dusting Method 1. Oil a shallow square metal or silicone baking tray, about […]


Almond Paste vs Marzipan

Making Marzipan from Scratch Marzipan is an almond-based confection used as a filling for candy centers, but it can also be used to cover cakes and form edible decorative desserts. Marzipan’s base is made up of almond paste, so it has a richer and nuttier flavor than normal fondant. Its soft, clay-like texture can be […]


More Halloween Treats…Intestines

These are easily made with packet puff pastry. Roll into 3″ strips and sprinkle with a little cheese, roll up with the cheese inside keeping the rolls as long as possible. Pack into a dish and cook in the oven avoiding too much colouring. Using food colouring or tomato ketchup add a suitable amount of […]


Barm Brack or Rich Tea Brack

Barm Brack or Tea Brack is a sort of cross between cake and bread. Some recipes use yeast as a raising agent, this version is closer to the original, using bread soda instead. It is very moist and delicious and although in theory it will stay fresh for several days it never lasts that long! […]


Home Made Sweets

Home made sweets make a very special present for any occasion. The following can be made with very little equipment and can look exceptionally professional with just a little practice and some care. They also make an ideal gift for fund raising an imaginative alternative to a madiera sponge. Marzipan fruit, marzipan stuffed dates, toasted […]


The Trials of Measuring!!

Weights and Measures. In Ireland we live in a strange bi-lingual world of weights and measures. Different products are measured in either imperial or metric or both. We buy greaseproof paper and cling film in metres but bakeware is often referred to in inches.  As a cook you’ll encounter different units of measure, especially if […]


Christmas Cake with a Difference!!

Pine Forest Celebration Cake Firstly pine forest Bundt pan lends itself to a number of different celebration events. Very fine detail means that decoration needs only a dusting of icing sugar. Makes a wonderful Christmas cake. Finally experiment with recipes such as Autumn nuts and spice or Cappuccino coffee. [ux_image id=”7203″ image_size=”original” height=”100%”]