The Little Mill Blog

  • A Whole Lotta Love – Beetroot & Wholemeal Spelt Bundt Cake

    by Kathy Purcell

    Spelt & Beetroot Cake

    There are two camps in the world when it comes to Valentines Day, those who embrace the hearts, chocolates and schmaltzy cards and those who want to run away and wait till it’s over. Which ever camp you are in, we think everybody likes to show people they care, and that can happen 365 days of the year! We say ditch the flowers, and show you lurve someone by baking a delicious and healthy cake (healthy of course because we want to make sure that our loved ones stay around as long as possible!).

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  • The Little Mill now available to buy on Amazon

    by Kathy Purcell

    Amazon

    The Little Mill is delighted to announce that our products are now available on Amazon for customers in the USA and UK. Our baker friends across the ponds can now get authentic Irish stoneground wholemeals to bake delicious soda breads and so much more.

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  • Wholemeal Almond Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies / Try a nut free alternative Sunflower Butter Cookies

    by Kathy Purcell

    almond butter and cocoa nibs

    There is nothing quite like the smell of cookies baking in the oven. To ease the January blues we have two delicious and simple cookie recipes to give you a real pick me up. We are taking the classic peanut butter cookie and giving it a twist, substituting peanut butter for almond butter and adding scrumptious chocolate chips. For those with nut allergies we suggest baking the same recipe but with sunflower butter and adding sunflower seeds to create a taste sensation!

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  • Waste Not Want Not - Baked Potato Wholemeal Sourdough Bread

    by Kathy Purcell

    Potato Bread

    If you were at this year’s food on the edge, you might have had the pleasure of hearing No.1 International Chef Massimo Bottura of Modena Restaurant in Italy speak about the endemic problem of food waste and homelessness. The award winning chef hopes that his accolades as one of the world’s top chefs will help drive his non-profit organization, Food for Soul, around the world. Bottura famously set up an avant-garde soup kitchen to educate and feed refugees, homeless, and working poor using salvaged food during the Rio Olympics.

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  • Back to Basics in 2017! Make a new year’s resolution to cut your breakfast sugars

    by Kathy Purcell

    Bear toast

    It’s a bit of a cliché but with the new year does come the opportunity of a fresh start, a blank canvas with which you can fill with new resolutions. For many people, health and fitness features high on the agenda. But what about making small changes that can have a big impact? One big area you can make a significant change in is in reducing your child’s sugar intake, particularly at breakfast time.

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  • Aoibheanns Wholemeal Apple Cake

    by Kathy Purcell

    Apple Cake

    It’s baking season! Yes, its that that time of the year again..Christmas. A time when we not only allow ourselves to indulge but also have a little bit of spare time to really relax and bake new things for our friends and family.

    We are delighted to feature another one of our “Clash of the Cake 2016” winners here, Aoibheann Buebry created this delicious wholemeal apple cake recipe, which we are sharing with you here.

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  • The Little Mill Wholemeal Raspberry and Fresh Cream Cake - by Adele Beubry

    by Kathy Purcell

    Wholemeal Raspberry and Fresh Cream Cake

    Want a deliciously fresh cake to impress your friends at the Christmas lunch? Look no further than our under 18’s winner of this years Clash of the Cakes competition. Adele Beubry’s Wholemeal Raspberry and Fresh Cream Cake was lauded by our judges for its texture, taste and presentation. The recipe is here, give it a go at home!

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  • Enthusiasm is the yeast that raises the dough - Our visit to Castlecomer Community School

    by Kathy Purcell

    Eoin at Castlecomer School

    We certainly know how to keep Eoin Jenkinson busy, between getting ready for Kilkenny’s newest festival “Yulefest” and baking up recipes from our Clash of the Cakes entries, we wonder how he manages to fit in visits to schools! The Little Mill was once again on tour to local schools spreading the love of baking. This time it was off to Castlecomer Community School where Eoin had a session with secondary school pupils on the topic of yeast and baking with yeast or as Eoin prefers, no yeast!

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  • "No one is born a cook, one learns by doing" - Baking Bread with Johnswell National School

    by Kathy Purcell

    Eoin shows the students the bread dough

    “No one is born a cook, one learns by doing” wise words from self-taught chef Julia Child. Like everything in today’s society, convenience is the key word and when it comes to food we are seeing more and more of a move towards convenience which often means becoming less connected to the process of cooking or baking. We were delighted to get the chance to visit Johnswell National School this week to share our love of baking with the pupils there.

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  • Louisa's Plum and Blueberry Upside-Down Cake - Under 12 Clash of the Cakes Winning Cake Recipe

    by Kathy Purcell

    Plum and Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

    Kilkenny is known for the clash of the ash, but we think it can safely be said it also takes the honour of being the Cat’s Meow when it comes to baking too! This year’s Little Mill / Savour Kilkenny baking competition was the biggest ever. We called on the young people of Kilkenny to give us a clash of cakes and that is certainly what we got! We had 65 entries and the standard was way beyond anything we could have imagined. The judges job was extremely difficult, and although the task wasn’t easy, an overall winner under each age category was chosen (under 18 & under 12) plus a number of runner up cakes. We would like to share with you the recipes from the winning entries over the next couple of weeks. So here you go, first up Louisa Bedrani’s Plum and Blueberry Upside - Down Cake.

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