The Little Mill Blog November, 2016

  • 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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  • Go on ..Take a BITE!

    by Kathy Purcell

    BITE

    Here at The Little Mill HQ we are getting ready for BITE FOOD FESTIVAL taking place this 18th - 20th November 2016. This will be a not to be missed event for all foodies. Featuring Ireland’s best artisan food and drink producers and whole host of free activities, classes and tastings.

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  • It's Christmas Pudding Time!

    by Kathy Purcell

    Plum Pudding

    Traditionally in Ireland the plum pudding was made about mid-November, and it was customary for everyone in the family to stir it and make a wish. What better way to get it mixed just right! It’s a great way for using up old bread, and the wholemeal or spelt give it a great extra flavour compared to plain white breadcrumbs.

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